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    Books That You Can't Finish

    I used to make a real effort to finish books, even if I wasn't enjoying them I'd struggle through - Then one day I said to myself, "You're not going to live forever, why are you wasting your precious hours on something that you're not enjoying"....Now I'll give every book a chance, at least 100 pages and if it hasn't warmed me up by then I will give up on it without a thought.


    I can't remember all the books I haven't finished, but these are recent capitulations:

    Mao - The Unknown Story - So negative, read like a propaganda tract.

    A Social History of England - Too academic and not 'popular' enough for a bonzo like me.

    Kazuo Ishiguru - Never let Me Go - I've only got about 20 pages to go and was sort of enjoying it. I haven't really given up, I just can't be bothered.

    Fugitive Pieces - Anne Michaels - I found it boring. Which I'm sure is more a reflection of my ignorance than the book's worth.
    Back off Margaret, you're on a sugar rush!

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    Ben Okri.. the Famished Road.

    once just after it won the booker, again recently.. I don't understand it at all.

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    Here's a list of the ten books most often not finished:

    1.Vernon God Little, DBC Pierre
    2. Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire, JK Rowling
    3. Ulysses, James Joyce
    4. Captain Corelli's Mandolin, Louis De Bernieres
    5. Cloud Atlas, David Mitchell
    6. The Satanic Verses, Salman Rushdie
    7. The Alchemist, Paulo Coelho
    8. War and Peace, Leo Tolstoy
    9. The God of Small Things, Arundhati Roy
    10. Crime and Punishment, Fyodor Dostoevsky

    From: Guardian Unlimited: Arts blog - books: On the shelf: the books you can't finish

    I liked Cloud Atlas. I have also read all of War and Peace....Which reminds me of a quote from the movie Superman:

    Lex Luthor: Some people can read War and Peace and come away thinking it's a simple adventure story. Others can read the ingredients on a chewing gum wrapper and unlock the secrets of the universe.

    I thought that War and Peace was a simple adventure story. Honest.



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    Quote Originally Posted by danbo
    2. Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire, JK Rowling
    sacrilege....


    Quote Originally Posted by danbo
    4. Captain Corelli's Mandolin, Louis De Bernieres
    rarley a more easy read have I read.
    I would have liked it to have gone on but I think the author was working to a deadline and the last 50 pages seemed very rushed.

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    ^did it end, "And then I woke up and it was all a dream."

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    The Bible , what a load of horse shit.

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    ^
    Can't imagine you've ever started a book yellow trip

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    ^
    Or finished one for that mater.

    Bwahahahahaaaa !!!!!

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    One book I struggled with was White Moghuls by William Darylimple.

    It was really hard going and I got about half way through. I left it for a year or so and found the second sitting absolutely rivetting.

    Rather strange that.

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    Stephen Hawkins stuff.

    They may as well not bother printing anything after the first dozen pages as I dont think anyone gets any further than that.

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    On the flip side, what about Dan Brown's novels? Anyone have the problem with putting them down after starting them? I am not a fan of fiction but drawn to his works for some reason.

    As for books that I can't finish - well, basically should not go there (University student) and have a whole load....

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    Quote Originally Posted by thaibook View Post
    On the flip side, what about Dan Brown's novels? Anyone have the problem with putting them down after starting them
    thaibook, you have foreseen my next thread, "Books that you can't put down"

    As for Mr Brown, I enjoyed the DaVinci code, but must admit to finding his others as pretty much the same book written slightly differently....Still, it's good that we all don't like the same things in this world....the queues would be terrible.

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    Quote Originally Posted by thaibook
    On the flip side, what about Dan Brown's novels?
    I read The DaVinci Code but what a load of crap. A book I wish I had never started.

    Three books I have started but not finished.

    Gullivers Travels
    The Pickwick Papers
    Fermat's Last Theorem.
    Guns, Germs and Steel

    Yes I know that's four but I started off with 'One book I have started and not ....' and then kept thinking of another one.
    Lord, deliver us from e-mail.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Dougal View Post
    Three books I have started but not finished.

    Gullivers Travels
    The Pickwick Papers
    Fermat's Last Theorem.
    Guns, Germs and Steel

    I read Pickwick Papers recently and loved it.

    Guns, Germs and Steel I have also read, but hated it - This was from the days when I felt that I 'had to' finish a book. The same argument/explanation just seemed to be repeated over & over - I found it really boring.

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    the ones I tend to stay away from now are books with dust covers that say excellent read, couldn't put it down or read this in one sitting whenever I see that I think to myself "lying fcuker" :)

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    I, myself, had mixed feelings on the Guns, Germs and Steel book. There were some very interesting points referred to in the book which made it interesting but in the end it was very boring and seemed repetitive. It makes me weary to start Diamond's other books (i.e. The Third Chimpanzee).

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    Quote Originally Posted by YellowTrip
    Or finished one for that mater.

    Bwahahahahaaaa !!!!!
    God you are a truly thick kunt with a capital U.

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    Quote Originally Posted by ChiangMai noon View Post
    Quote Originally Posted by YellowTrip
    Or finished one for that mater.

    Bwahahahahaaaa !!!!!
    God you are a truly thick kunt with a capital U.
    God & Kunt reference ?

    Thanks.

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    ^&^^ CMN, YellowTrip, what have your posts to do with this thread?

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    sorry...

    i couldn't finish the big scientific book by Bill Bryson.

    "A Short History of nearly everything."

    Purports to be written in laymans terms for the layman.
    I'm obviously a sub layman.





    God only knows where yellow trip is on that scale. (sorry Danbo)

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    Ulysses by James Joyce.
    I tried...real hard but it was too much.

    Finished 'Portrait of an Artist as a Young Man' by the same author and it was considerably better read.

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    Wonderful and I just bought that book with the intention of reading it (Bryson book). One book that I am currently finding a slow read is Spy Catcher by Peter Wright. Not sure if its still "banned" in the UK but thought I read somewhere that it wasn't anymore. Anyone else read this one?

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    Quote Originally Posted by thaibook
    Wonderful and I just bought that book with the intention of reading it (Bryson book).
    you'll be alright so long as you aren't a sub layman or any other sub category.
    In fairness, I think his intentions are honorable. the first hundred or so leaves talk about the enormity of the universe. The Macro stuff i sort of get.
    When he starts getting into the micro world, I get lost, found myself reading the same page over and over and over. Still didn't get it and really i don't care that much wether my actual bottom is touching this chair or if there is a microcosmic force pushing it up, it feels ok and the beer is cold.

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    Hell, surely the reason I am doing business management myself - rather be having a conversation, beer in hand, talking business rather than behind a microscope.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Boon Mee View Post
    Ulysses by James Joyce.
    I tried...real hard but it was too much.
    I don't think that you're alone there Boon Mee....I started it, read a few pages, had a quick look at how many more there were to go, and swiftly put it down.

    I wouldn't even bother to start Finnegans Wake. I did read Dubliners, but more because I 'thought that I should' rather than because I wanted to....I can't remember one single thing about it....

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