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Do you read forewords/notes that precede many classics? Does it help you or hurt you in your enjoyment/understanding of the work? – Classics Club

I rarely read forewords/notes before I read the book. I actually prefer to read classics and analysis after I read a work. It makes me appreciate the book more. That way, I can reread passages that the Foreword/Notes reference.

I do not always read the Forewords though, but I am doing it more often with classics. They do make it more enjoyable.

4 thoughts on “Classics Club August 2013 Meme

  1. I never used to read them, but as part of The Classics Club I started to read them. If there’s a book I’m super excited about if I feel something is going to be revealed I will stop reading it and wait, but in general it’s great to know what to keep an eye out for.

    1. Hi Geoff! I also never use to read Notes and Forewords. Even now, it’s not for every book. I agree that sometimes it’s good to read them to pay attention to certain details and for certain contexts, backgrounds, and influences. Have a great week!

  2. I definitely don’t read forewords or notes before I read a novel because I think they spoil the story. I might read them afterwards but I’m not a huge fan of them in general.

    1. Hi Jessica! I didn’t read them much before, but I am starting to appreciate them a bit more now. I don’t have anyone else to discuss it with, and it helps you pay attention to certain details. I only do for books I really like though. Take Care! Cheers.

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