I have ready a few pre twentieth century novels and have had a hard time with them all. I have read "Clarrissa" by Samual Richardson, "Great Expectations" by Charles Dickens, "Crime and Punishment" by Dostoyevsky, Les Miserables" by Victor Hugo, and "Don Quixote" by Cevantes. I find that pre twentieth century novels are too long and laborious. You can tell that reading was the main past time before television and radio were invented, and therefor the novels are full of minute detail, in order to keep the readers occupied. Perhaps with the invention of quicker and more direct forms of entertainment in the twentieth century, such as cinema, radio, and tv, attention spans have been shortened, and literature has reacted to this. Most of my faveourate books tend to be no more than three hundred pages long, were written in the twentieth century, and are more often than not from the USA. To be fair i did enjoy "Les Miserables" and "Crime and Punishment". "Great Expectations" had a few nice moments, but "Clarissa" and "Don Quixote" i found almost unreadable. Do you think that times have changed to make pre twentieth century novels obsolete? Do you think radio and TV have had a good or bad effect on the development of literature? Do you think i am just to dumb to understand older, longer novels?