The meme question for this month is:
Do you read forewords/notes that precede many classics? Does it help you or hurt you in your enjoyment/understanding of the work?
This is a very simple and straight-forward question and my response is the same. Yes, I always read the foreword. I appreciate knowing the context of the book. I don’t worry about spoilers and such because hey, these are classics, and most of the times, I do know quite a bit of the story anyway.
What I love from a well-written foreword is some additional insights into the book, and pointers/aids that help me understanding the story.
After all, it’s a classic, and I am probably only going to read it once, and so it makes sense for me to enter the book well-prepared so to speak.
So, that’s my take on forewords. Do you like to read forewords? Why or why not?