Instead of reading captivating “easy read” books,
I always opt for old classics, 10 cm’s thick en typed in a font that is so small it is nearly illegible.
Although I love books and like reading, I don’t
get make much time for reading. I started reading Charles Dickens’ David Copperfield about two years ago and every once in a while I read a few pages, got busy with other stuff and then read a few more pages. I read other books in between, but I only finished David Copperfield earlier this week. It’s a good book, but I expected something different…I mean, it is such a well known classic. I guess I should take in consideration the time in which it was written. Back then, there wasn’t that much reading material yet. A plain, straight forward story line where all loose ends are tied up and a story with a typical happy ending were more than enough to satisfy literate people. What I did like a lot is the style in which the book was written. I think that if a writer and someone of another occupation should write exactly the same story. but using their own words, the “non-writer’s” book would probable about 10 pages, and the writer’s about 500. Charles Dickens described every scene, every person, every emotion, every location and everything else in so much detail that sometime I just had to stop to appreciate that.