What classic piece of literature most intimidates you, and why? (Or, are you intimidated by the classics, and why? And has your view changed at all since you joined our club?)Well, I am very easily intimidated ;) And there are usually 2 reasons for it:
1) The content. I would never have made such a progress with Moby Dick if not for the Moby Dick Big Read project. There is such a lot in this book, that it's just impossible to digest it without some help. Sometimes I need to get the context, look for clues, or otherwise I don't understand what this all is about. Last time I was googling the standard volume sizes of the time for the "Cetology" chapter, and I have never imagined I would ever need such a knowledge.
2) The language. I am not a native English speaker, but I always treat translations with suspicion and prefer to read in the original if I can. That's why I've never read any Spanish authors for the long time - I was waiting until my Spanish was enough ;) I don't usually have problems with English, but such writers as Shakespeare and Poe always scary me (although I love them!) because I know I'll need to consult my dictionary too often.
Length does not usually scary me (I've read War and Peace twice, haha!) but there are special cases, of course. For example now I am reading One Thousand and One Nights, and it never ends!! I don't want to say I don't like it, it's most enchanting, but you need to make pauses not to get tired of the style, and so now it's in my reader for half a year, and I'm only in the middle of it.