Originally Posted by r2473
Was it worth the time and effort?
FWIW, I've read it twice over the past 5 years. Took me about 3 months each time. Well deserved of the title "greatest novel of all time".
If you are interested in a "screen version", this is FOR SURE the one to watch. I liked it so much I bought it (well, I copied it from the library actually):
By the way, your decision to not watch the new Hobbit film is a good one IMO. But I'm not normally a fan of Hollywood versions of books. The BBC can often be counted on for "good" dramatizations.
If you like Shakespeare by the way, the BBC (released on Ambrose video) made THE DEFINITIVE collection (which I also copied from the library):
Yeah, it's worth the time and effort. I'm a bigger fan of George Elliot's work: Middlemarch is outstanding. I kept comparing Tolstoy to Dostoeyevsky and this might be the wrong thing to do, since I liked Dostoevsky so much as a teen.
The one classic I've read several times has been Moby Dick. I'm amazed by it's sheer language force and its philosophical sweep. And I like boats.