Today, May 2nd, is the day by which I was supposed to have finished the current Classics Club spin book.
Alas, I did not make it through Mark Twain’s A Connecticut Yankee In King Arthur’s Court. I feel bad about it because this is the second Classics Club spin book in a row that I didn’t complete. Last time it was Catch-22.
Perhaps satire just isn’t for me. I like the idea of satire, but it always ends up seeming like such a one trick pony. I felt this way about Swift’s “A Modest Proposal,” too.
The military is a damned if you do, damned it you don’t organization, 19th century industrial culture is soullessly efficient, British policy is monstrous. I get it, I get. I just don’t need to read on and on and on about it.
Hello, beating a dead horse.
For now A Connecticut Yankee in King Arthur’s Court is staying on my shelf. Perhaps I’ll take it down and read a chapter here and there and not worry about how long it takes me to finish the novel. As someone who likes both medieval European culture and 19th century American culture, there were some fun bits in this book that at least keep me thinking about it, even if the desire to read it has waned.
What do you think of satire? Fan, foe, indifferent?