Not gonna lie, it was difficult to get through many of the philosophy heavy-parts -- of which there were many
. If what makes a book a classic though is how it stays with you long after you've read it, then this is definitely worthy of the name. The one problem is that the mood of most of this book was fairly heavy and pessimistic of human nature and romance. While having that cloud hovering around me the rest of the day had me thinking deeper thoughts than I'm usually accustomed to, it was kind of a bummer. Love lasts as long as beauty does, and sometimes not even until then. Society, poverty, human insecurities and selfishness, anything can get in the way of a happy ending off the beaten path. This book just about kicked the idea of happily ever after out of the park, if it had not been for the story of Levin and the resolution of his story at the end of the book.