I've heard that before about Richardson! I don't know if I'll attempt either Clarissa or Pamela, because I've never heard much good about either. But SCG is *supposed* to be different, or so a very zealous prof once told me, lol. We'll see.Originally Posted by nausicaa:
MotherSister, do not, I repeat, do not bother reading Richardson unless you're a nascent masochist. He's horrible. Back when I was nerdy beyond redemption (not that I'm much better now ), I thought I would scale Clarissa, which I viewed as the Mount Everest of English novels because it was so damn long. Urgh. Worst. Mistake. Ever. The titular character is blah and Lovelace is one creepy dude (heart in a jar? Um. okay.) It's not bad if you want to look at it for literary technique, since it's a pretty good example of a polyphonic epistolary narrative, and almost an ur-psychological novel. But the story itself? Teh Suck.
Yeah. Guess who really, really didn't like it.
By the way, I liked the Odyssey so much more than the Iliad. All the adventures seem so much more exciting and dramatic! Both are wonderful though; I was assigned to read them a while ago, one in lit class, the other in Latin class, and I agree that discussing books in class can sometimes illuminate issues that I might not have thought about on my own. And if I'm being honest, I probably would've never picked up either book on my own, so.