This is such a great classic! It was not what I was expecting, but I was pleasantly surprised. I'm so glad I read it. The writing is so beautiful, and it really was not very hard to understand or read. It did take a little while, but once I got into the style, it was pretty easy. This is a sad, gothic tale and I thoroughly loved it! I loved all of the philosophies and how it played with your emotions. It's definitely a story that makes you think. The reason why I did not give it 5 stars was because it got a little boring towards the middle, but I just skimmed those parts and it was perfectly fine. If you like gothic stories, you should definitely read this!