Edit: thanks to Stoicism & Me I have now fixed a funny spelling mistake in the title. And yes, it made me smile as well.
I read this book at school and remember hating it, because it was homework. Nothing spoils a work of literature quite like a pedantic search for meaning in every sentence.
Haven't read the book in question, but this is my experience as well. It took 10+ years to start enjoying fiction after finishing school.