|This is not the face of a man who takes things lightly.|
|T.S. Eliot, looking so cash.|
Let's be honest here, many of the greatest works in literature were simple stories. Sometimes they told cavernously deep messages, but the stories were enjoyable, even if you missed the message. The stories of Shakespeare were written to do two things: entertain and sell. Marlowe was a bit deeper, but he's also not as well beloved. Don Quixote is a simple, entertaining story. One could study it for years and find many things to talk about, but to enjoy it, one simply has to read it. The same can be said of Dickens or Thackeray. They wrote to entertain, themselves and the people. They also wrote with important messages, and they felt little reason to hide those messages behind obscure prose.
I'm not saying writers such as Joyce, Kafka, Schulz, or Eliot are bad writers for creating difficult and challenging literature; but I am saying that just because they are difficult does not make them better. Like I said, I've been more challenged by Maugham than Schulz, and I think the reason might just be that I've comprehended more of Maugham's message.