The Picture Of Dorian Gray. Interestingly enough, I'm reading it on my tablet in electronic form despite my previous inclinations to avoid e-readers. It's not quite the same as holding the physical book for me, but it's good enough. And downloading the book for free (legally even) isn't too bad either.
As far as the story goes, I'm enjoying it. It's an intriguing tale and I'm thus far compelled to continue reading. The biggest issue I have is how difficult I find the language, or better yet how cumbersome it is. At times, I almost feel like I'm wading through sweet smelling molasses, and though I enjoy the taste, I just wish I could stagger to shore for a bit of rest.
Don't get me wrong. I see some really interesting techniques that Mr. Wilde has used to convey different scenes or characters. I am truly enjoying the fact that I recognize these things and that I see how I might borrow it at one point or another. But the other thing I see is that the pace is incredibly slow as the characters elaborate (either out loud or in their own head) at any given point. It's almost to the point I'm more inclined to skim through rather than enjoy every word, though I'm fighting that impulse as much as possible.
Part of my problem might be that I really haven't read very many of the "classics". I don't have an educational background in literature (other than stuff they thrust at us in high school), so perhaps I am just lacking a true appreciation for it. I don't know. What I do know is that I am struggling to read this one in particular, and I hope somewhere along the way I can either decide to succumb or put it down for good.
Anyone else out there struggle with classic literature like this? Any advice you can give?