Marilyn the Kindle girl here. Being probably the only romance author in existence who’s never read Pride and Prejudice, I downloaded it to my Kindle so I could remedy that fact. While I was it, I also downloaded The Scarlet Letter, something I hadn’t read since high school, and a few other classics.
Call me common, low-class or just plain dumb, but what yawners!!! I started with P&P but lasted only a few chapters before I went on to something else. Maybe it was just my mood, or the temptation of better books just a click away; I’ll try it again later, though.
Then, having read everything else on the Kindle, I turned to The Scarlet Letter.
I’m surprised I was still willing to pick up a book in high school after forcing my way through TSL. Obviously, pacing was not an issue for ol’ Nathaniel, since he spends the first 18% of the book (Kindle doesn’t give page numbers) talking about his amazingly boring years working at the Customs House in Salem, along with the amazingly boring people who worked there with and before him. My only interest whatsoever in this whole dreary section was that I’ve actually been to the Customs House and the description brought it back to life for me.
After we finally get into Hester’s story, I thought okay, it’s going to get better. NOT. Nathaniel sure loved the sound of his words. Big words. Long strings of them. In sentences that had no end. It didn’t help any that this electronic version was in need of a good copy editor — missing punctuation and misplaced words.
I wound up skimming through long, boring, repetitive passages, only to reach the end with a wrinkled brow, a dazed mind and only one thought: “Huh?!?”
So this book is a classic. I just wanna know . . . a classic what???