I wanted your opinion and help on the follwoing:
My mother tongue is Arabic. I'm trying to read novels but I can't understand them. I found the way novels are written is complicated and different from daily English. They contain lots of new words to me. Each and every time I need to look them up. I find that boring. So would you please suggest some tips for me to start exploring literature especially novels?
NB. I'm infatuated with linguistics but have no interest in literature.My friends told me "How come you have no idea on literature though your speciality is English. My Q:
Is it a "must" or let me say "necessary" for those whose speciality is English to have knowledge of English literature ?
Is it necessary to read some art works to improve the way you write, or one can develop his style through reading scientific works and such a like?