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Freyda



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PostPosted: Wed Jul 22, 2009 1:26 pm    Post subject:  Reply with quote

Evie wrote:
I used to finish every book assiduously, but haven't done so for years - I might persevere if I feel there is something worthwhile going on, but life is too short to read books that have nothing to offer!


Absolutely, Evie. I have weaned myself off that habit. I used to feel that somehow the author would know and feel let down.  Rolling Eyes  

Evie wrote:
Caro - Ben Okri is indeed well thought of, and a friend of mine thinks Famished Road is one of the best books she has ever read, but to my mind it's all a bit Emperor's clothes, rather like Paulo Coelho (I did manage to finish The Bloody Alchemist, but only because it was for my book group, and it was also short, with The Famished Road isn't!).


I have a feeling that Ben Okri is often cited as unreadable, I've head that before from many quarters, so I haven't even tried his books. It's odd how someone who is "unreadable" can continue being published and heard about quite a bit, while other reliably readable authors seem to slip from view entirely.


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Klara Z



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PostPosted: Sun Jul 26, 2009 11:26 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

I'm sorry to hear that you didn't enjoy the Alison Lurie novel, Evie----as Alison Lurie is one of my favourite writers and I read all of her novels at one time and loved them! I would say, however, that the one you mention isn't her best----I'd recommend 'The War between the Tates', 'The Truth about Lorin Jones' or 'Foreign Affairs'---these are the three that I read twice---always an indication to me that I've really liked a novel.

Books I was unable to finish----Romola, by George Eliot, Sentimental Education by Flaubert. But I feel ashamed of not having persevered, and one day, I intend to try again.

I HATED (and stopped reading because I hated it!), Toby Young's book, 'How to Lose Friends and Alienate People'. I had expected it to be witty, but instead, it was about an obnoxious man bragging about how obnoxious he was, as he tried to get in with some even more obnoxious celebrities. Ugh!


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chris-l



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PostPosted: Tue Aug 25, 2009 7:52 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

There was some discussion on the 'PM' programme on BBC4 this evening on books which listeners have failed to finish. Common choices seem to be 'Middlemarch', 'Remembrance of Things Past', and 'Ulysses'. Having read each of these more than once, I was able to bask in a little glow of satisfaction. I was, however, reminded that my career as a non-completer of books goes back to a very early age.

If I am correct, it was on my third birthday that I was given a book called 'Woeful and the Waspberries'. My mother tried to read this to me on numerous occasions, but always had to abandon it as I burst into tears when poor Woeful (a monkey) was stung by the wasps who guarded the waspberries. Next year will be the 60th anniversary of this early failure, so I think I may try to mark the occasion by trying to get hold of a copy (it does appear on Amazon sometimes) and finally find out how it ends.


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Hector



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PostPosted: Wed Aug 26, 2009 8:52 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

I'm pleased that there haven't been many books that I have failed to finish. However, there was one about 3 years ago which was Pynchon's Gravitys Rainbow.

In a way I have never forgiven myself for not finishing it as there was absolutely no reason not to. It certainly wasn't for lack of enjoyment. I think I got a little bit tired of it (it's a rather lengthy and at times diffucult tome) and decided to read a short book as a bit of a break which led to another book and yet another and I never ended up picking it up again.

It remains on my bookshelf with the creases on the spine only half way across which clearly shows that I never got to the end! As it's been so long, when I do pick it up I will need to read from the start.

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Freyda



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PostPosted: Wed Aug 26, 2009 8:46 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Klara Z wrote:
I'm sorry to hear that you didn't enjoy the Alison Lurie novel, Evie----as Alison Lurie is one of my favourite writers and I read all of her novels at one time and loved them! I would say, however, that the one you mention isn't her best----I'd recommend 'The War between the Tates', 'The Truth about Lorin Jones' or 'Foreign Affairs'---these are the three that I read twice---always an indication to me that I've really liked a novel.


Klara - what did you think of "Love & Friendship"? I have a real soft spot for this one, not least because it is named after an early Jane Austen book, part of her juvenilia.

I am less keen on Lurie's later books, I think she became a bit more ordinary, somehow...or maybe more women writers were writing like her. And I read some short stories that seemed to be simply based on her tourist experiences in Europe, really rather thin and disappointing. But I agree with you about the ones you've named above.


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PostPosted: Thu Aug 27, 2009 6:39 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Klara - I am sorry not to have replied to your message sooner.  I think I just didn't get on with this particular book - I have read another Lurie that I did enjoy - at least, I think it was by Alison Lurie!  I forget the title, but it was about a writers' colony.  I will read more of her work at some point.


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Scousedog



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PostPosted: Sun Feb 21, 2010 3:25 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I only got through 50 pages of Tristram Shandy.  Wrong book, wrong time I think.


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PostPosted: Tue Mar 02, 2010 1:36 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Scousedog! Great to see you here!  Very Happy



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PostPosted: Tue Mar 02, 2010 4:18 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Scousedog, you managed 24 more pages than me.


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PostPosted: Tue Mar 02, 2010 4:33 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

So am I the only one here who loves Tristram Shandy?



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