Friday, March 03, 2006

The Book That Got Away

I'm a pretty stubborn reader. Once I start, I finish- no matter how bad. Except for one book; Thomas Hardy's Tess of the Dubervilles. It doesn't haunt me at night or anything, but I know that someday, when I'm ready, I'm going to scratch the bugger off my list. So why didn't I finish it? I'm not sure. I don't think I was as stubborn in my younger days I guess, because really despite being a little dull I don't think it was a horrendous book. What about you? Any memorable books that got away? Why? And do you ever plan on returning to it?


Anonymous said...

Dostoyevsky's Crime and Punishment.

It's not a bad book. Very influential, they say.

But I somehow got distracted and never had the urge to finish. And I was over half done.


John Mutford said...

Nancy, I did finish Crime and Punishment. And I must say, I did enjoy it. If you ever pick it up again, I'd like to hear your thoughts. I thought it had a lot of surprisingly modern themes.

Sure b'y said...

Pat Conroy's Beach Music. I loved The Prince of Tides (the book, never saw the movie) and thought I'd like this one too. It turned out to a meandering tome that I just gave up on. Life is too short to finish bad books. Still there have been some that I didn't like too much and finished just because I wanted to know what the hoopla was all about. I think the most recent one was Ed Riche's Nine Planets (one that my husband just gave up on while I toughed it out-wish I'd followed hubby's lead).