Many people who read classic novels are not given proper context in which to read them. “Ulysses,” of course, makes no sense if you don’t have any concept of Modernist and Post-Modernist literary theory. If you do have this background and still don’t like it, that is fine, but it does not take away from what the author was attempting. Most of these novels are considered classic because in some way or another (either for the style in which they are written, or the subject matter with which they deal) they broke boundaries and created something new and beautiful on the literary landscape. They may look odd, antiquated and yes, boring to us now, but just as we still admire Gothic cathedrals, we should admire these works.