For my first classic of the year, I chose Oliver Twist by Charles Dickens. I’ve read Great Expectations and slogged through Tale of Two Cities, and never really appreciated Dickens until I watched BBC’s Bleak House. I realized that for some reason, Dickens is better (for me) in audio form. So, I listened to Oliver Twist, and enjoyed it much more than my previous reads.
Sometimes we don’t appreciate classics because the story moves more slowly and there’s more thinking and less dialogue than what we’ve been used to from watching TV. I just think that classics are good for us! They show us that the concerns of today were the concerns of yesterday, that in spite our great technology, man is still searching. And, while sometimes the language takes a bit of wading, the stories are really good. They require some discipline, which for me is a good thing, and they often require thinking….
Oliver Twist has it all, dramatic escapes, mayhem, murder, a heroine, and a happy ending. For me, it was a great listen!