This book kept popping up on ‘Best Book’ lists and ‘Classic Books’ lists and…well basically a lot of lists. I thought, since I had never read any Tolkien books before I’d start with The Hobbit. The Hobbit is thin (always a bonus when you’re reading a genre you’re not too familiar with, and a good (apparently) introduction into the universe of elves and dwarves and wizards.
The first thing I noticed about this book is how passionate people are about it. I started reading it on a long train journey and I think I should tell you, if you do not want to have very passionate people talk to you excitedly about the book (at length) then don’t read this book on public transport!
|My very old copy of The Hobbit|
I did enjoy it. It wasn’t quite as amazing as I had imagined it would be, which I find is often the way about books that are ‘classics’! Don’t get me started on ‘Wuthering Heights’ – which turned out to not be the romantic novel I was promised! (You can read my review of Wuthering Heights here!) So, The Hobbit is not my new favourite book, but it was interesting, there was adventure and intrigue, plot twists and a good ol’ fashioned quest. There are also elves which I liked – I think if I was to live in The Hobbit universe I would definitely want to be an elf!
So…should you read The Hobbit? Is it worth it? Does it deserve the title of ‘Classic’?
To those questions I would say: yes it’s worth it and yes I think you should read ‘The Hobbit’. It comes
up in conversation more than you’d think and it’s good to know what the fuss is about. It’s quite an easy read and generally just light with some interesting chapters (I especially like the very start where all the dwarves show up at Bilbo’s house, and the section where Bilbo and Gandalf pose each other riddles). As for whether I think it’s a classic – yes, it’s had a large cultural impact and it’s brought a lot of joy to a lot of people!
Take a look and let me know what you think!
Have a wonderful week,