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That's because modern writers compete with Radio, TV, and now the Internets. When MD was written reading was a major form of entertainment.
(We can strip mine the rest later.)
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Because there isn't the thrust to know "what happens next" it's a lot more like re-reading than reading. When you're with the book, then you're drawn into the flow by the writing and the events. But when you've put it down, there's no urgency to "find out what happened next."
I'll note that presumably there are people out there who read purely for the pleasures of the words and they won't notice this effect, but I'm not one of them.
Ah, the opening line alone warrants inclusion in the Book Hall of Fame, and the rest of the novel is nearly as good. The old "from Hell's heart I stab at thee" quote is good, too.
That is fantastic!
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