What up, Classics Clubbers?
Alrighty, so the August question o’ the month! Here it is:
“Do you read forewords/notes that precede many classics? Does it help you or hurt you in your enjoyment/understanding of the work?”
Well, sometimes. It depends on my mood really, but in general I usually skip the foreward or introduction in the beginning. More often than not, I’m too excited to actually start the story, and I also worry about spoilers. The times that I have read the foreward first, I can’t really remember if it helped or hindered, so I guess it didn’t much matter to me.
Thinking about this actually makes me wonder why they put these things at the start of the book – I feel like readers would get more out of them at the end of the book, after reading the story. That said, I hardly ever actually go back to the beginning to read the foreward. I only do that when I REALLY loved the book and I’m not quite ready to let it go yet.
What about you guys? Do you read the forewards? Do they have value, or is it just a way for publishers to make their copy of that classic a little different from the others out there, since they usually have different people doing the introductions?