In all seriousness, I just finished my first actual (as opposed to excerpted or abridged) Twain novel: Tom Sawyer. It was...OK.
I usually find that "classic" books are a little over-hyped.
Here and there I come into contact with German universities: what an atmosphere prevails among their scholars, what desolate spirituality ... For seventeen years I have never tired of calling attention to the despiritualizing influence of our current science-industry. The hard helotism to which the tremendous range of the sciences condemns every scholar today is a main reason why those with a fuller, richer, profounder disposition no longer find a congenial education and congenial educators. There is nothing of which our culture suffers more than of the superabundance of pretentious jobbers and fragments of humanity; our universities are, against their will, the real hothouses for this kind of withering of the instincts of the spirit. ... Who today would comprehend from what seriousness a philosopher seeks recreation here? Our cheerfulness is what is most incomprehensible about us.
- Twilight of the Idols
If the professor asks why, the answer is "the fall of Man."
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