I am pleased to say that I have actually followed through with a couple of New Year’s Resolutions.
1. read more classics and Booker prize novels.
2. Plow through the top shelf of my bookcase.
I ticked both of these boxes with one novel. But there was a catch.
I really didn’t enjoy Catch-22 (Joseph Heller). It took a lot of determination to get through all 400+ pages and when I closed the back cover I felt like I was still missing something.
Perhaps it’s the type of book I should have read as a part of a book club or class. There were too many layers, too much era-specific satire, and decade-specific language, that the impact the book should have had on me [on the back cover, critical acclaim noted noted that Catch-22 was certainly one of the most important literary works of the 20th century!] mostly went over my head.
Besides a few lines here and there that had me smiling and nodding in agreement, it was more of a chore than a pleasure.
So, I didn’t like it. But I did manage to follow through with a goal. And I learned something important in the process.
Some books are just better read with others!