I think this is the deal:
It was the same when I read The Sun Also Rises by Ernest Hemingway. I had heard and read so much ABOUT the books that they didn't seem as original as I expected.
I was just getting impatient with Jack on the mountain and I wanted him to come down to Earth, which he does as the book unfolds. There are gems of writing in here for sure. Make no mistake. I will quote some soon.