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Survivor
Posted: Tuesday, June 18, 2019 2:04:53 PM

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Several times I've tried to read Lord Jim by Joseph Conrad. For the life of me I cannot get through even the first chapter.

I believe the only Conrad work I read to completion was Heart of Darkness. That was not because I wanted to do so. It was required reading in one of my literature classes.



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Posted: Tuesday, June 18, 2019 2:22:26 PM

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I saw the movie, the Cruel Sea. It was long winded but I watched it.

Several years later, I found the novel, The Cruel Sea by Nicholas Monsarrat.
Wow, I thought the film was long winded...

I never finished the book!

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Posted: Tuesday, June 18, 2019 6:54:45 PM

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Lots and lots of books lately that I can't finish. I have several friends that read and they keep up with reviews, etc. They pass the books to me to read but I am overwhelmed and don't have the time to read as much. I often will have three books going with book marks inside and maybe one will be finished. I don't know why I don't get swept up in a book like I used to. But I will never stop trying. Audio is great on long road trips. Or even not so long. Been known to sit in the car parking lot waiting for a chapter to end before I can go inside a store.


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Posted: Sunday, December 1, 2019 4:10:55 PM

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I'm prone to not finishing books these days. As others with a similar affliction have noted, this is new to me. Just FWIW, here are some of my unfinished novels:
50 Shades of Gray: Subject matter aside, the writing is embarrassingly bad.
Lord of the Rings: Way back when I made it through 'The Hobbit' but couldn't get 'into' dem Rings.
My son and I managed to finish 'The Da Vinci Code' but nothing by Dan Brown since then, though I tried and stalled out on the one about Washington D.C. and Free Masons.

Many thanks to Larry for kicking this thread back to life.

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Posted: Sunday, December 1, 2019 4:34:38 PM

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I've actually enjoyed The Lord of the Rings Trilogy a lot. I've read it more than once. Now when Tolkien moved on to The Silmarillion he lost me completely. It was incredibly boring.



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Posted: Monday, December 2, 2019 11:30:16 AM

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Survivor wrote:


I've actually enjoyed The Lord of the Rings Trilogy a lot. I've read it more than once. Now when Tolkien moved on to The Silmarillion he lost me completely. It was incredibly boring.


I agree entirely, Larry. I love Lord of the Rings and have read it many times, although not recently. The Hobbit I also enjoyed but not to the same degree. Farmer Giles of Ham is a good read too but, Silmarillion? No. I also found it very boring. In fairness, the tale was incomplete and was edited and published by his son but it reads more like a history study book rather than a tale.

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Posted: Monday, December 2, 2019 6:37:22 PM

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I actually kind of liked the Silmarillion, though nowhere as much as LOTR and The Hobbit. If you approach it as a work of mythological history, it work much better than if you go in looking for a novel. It needed more work, but putting it out was far from the worst of Christopher Tolkien's sins. Some of the Lost Tales volumes were much worse.


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Posted: Tuesday, December 3, 2019 5:45:02 PM

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Do believe someone mentioned "Heart of Darkness'. Just so happens, today is the birthday of its author, Joseph Conrad (b 1857 - maybe).

Madame Bovary: gave it a go several times but kept falling asleep

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Writing is not necessarily something to be ashamed of, but do it in private and wash your hands afterwords.[/ - ROBERT HEINLEIN

Schemers Scheme -- young women talking about young men

OF WAR, AND PEACE, AND MARY BETH: my contest winner, honest

For Whom the Good Tolls an 'RR' and it's short, no kidding

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Posted: Tuesday, December 3, 2019 6:51:55 PM

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It may be just a coincidence, but the two authors I have the most trouble with are Joseph Conrad and Vladimir Nabokov. Both of them were not born natural speakers of English. Conrad was raised speaking his native Polish. Nabokov grew up speaking Russian. But both became fluent in English. Nevertheless, I had a lot of trouble reading their works. Particularly Lord Jim by Conrad and Ada, or Ardor by Nabokov.

It is an interesting conundrum.

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I read the first book in the Game of Thrones series but could not get through the next one in the series.
Mendalla
Posted: Saturday, December 7, 2019 9:57:28 AM

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I've been terrible for not finishing books the last while. Some of it is life, some of it is mood. basically, the only novel-length works I've finished in 2019 were ones I took on vacation with me.

In terms of long term failures to finish, though, the most egregious is Clive Barker's fantasy epic Imajica. Started reading it on a trip to Shanghai in 1995 while my wife was ill and we were holed up in the Peace Hotel. Still sits unfinished on my shelf today. Not bad or anything, but very long and complex and once I lost focus on it, I couldn't get it back.

I like to write something a little eerie or spooky for Hallowe'en every year. "Haunting" is what I went for this year.

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