Classics Club meme for February. This month's question (submitted by yours truly) is "What classic has most surprised you so far, and why?" I'm looking forward to seeing which books you found to be surprisingly good (or surprisingly bad.)
This year has been a very surprising reading year for me, so there are lots of books I could choose. I was expecting Dubliners to be just a boring book I had to read before I could get to Ulysses, but it turned out to be one of my favorite books of all time. I was surprised that Ulysses, which I expected to be completely impossible, was actually a really enjoyable reading experience, even if there were times that I wasn't sure what was going on. (Stay tuned for a review of Ulysses; I promise I will write it eventually.) I was surprised by the emotional honesty of The Plague, the density of Yeats's poems, and the pure enjoyability of Othello. It's been a year of surprises, but when it comes to the most surprising book I've read so far, there's really no competition. Hands down, the winner of that award is The Odyssey.
What books have surprised you so far, either good or bad? I look forward to reading your posts and your comments.