When the summer comes, I will once again try to finish reading Moby Dick and War and Peace.
I am having trouble with these classics; there is just too much description in them. However, I started to think of original audience for these novels and realized that movies hadn't been invented yet. So, when a novelist wanted his readers to know the world of the characters, he really had to go into details.
I've read about half of Moby Dick. Many parts of the novel bore me; I really don't need to know all the details of how to prepare a dead whale for the market. But, reading about Nantucket, before it was overrun by tourists, and learning what innkeepers served for breakfast (lobster bisque). I also laugh at some of the nautical terms; they are words that rap star use but have nasty meanings now.
I've seen both movies recently, and it will help me understand some of the background. I'll keep you updated on my reading progress later in the year.