I'm in the middle of this book and torn between wanting to know what happens and getting a bit bogged down. This is my typical response when reading 'a classic' and want to persevere. Can anyone offer any encouraging words? Or food for thought?
So far I'm finding it hard to relate to the main characters. Isabel, the heroine, is described in such detail that I feel that I should know her inside out by now, but I don't. Maybe I'm just not 'deep' enough... And James is always referred to as such an excellent author (my motivation for picking up the book in the first place) that I want to be able to appreciate him. At times like this I wish I was back at school and studying this as a 'set text' so that the teacher could tell me how jolly clever it all is and I could agree.
Someone gave me 'Author, Author' by David Lodge for my birthday, I'm already finding myself swept along with the story of it, but feel I should also make the effort to read one of his novels to get the most out of it - any recommendations for where to start?