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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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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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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'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.

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Anything by Steven King. I've tried several, but there's something about his writing that just makes my eyes glaze over. I never get more than a couple of chapters in before I give up.
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It took me three times to finish Lord of the Rings... Actually it took me three times just to finish "Fellowship of the Ring." I got super tired of Bilbo's birthday party.

Once I got past that, it was a breeze. But at 12 years old, all that first 400 pages is a bit tough to get through.

I have had books that I set aside and then come back to...

Devil in the White City... King Leopold's Ghost...

I usually alternate between reading and audio books so I'll get it one way or the other.

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Posted: Saturday, January 25, 2020 7:51:48 PM

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Survivor wrote:


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.


I actually had to force myself to read that one as well.

I love the topic, but that book is very over rated.
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Posted: Sunday, February 9, 2020 11:23:54 AM

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As a history writer, I can't often read for pleasure but to further my awareness of something that is supposed to be fact. But interpretation is a bugger in warping the so-called "facts." So some ways of interpreting events have become so well known to me that I can almost tell how a certain historian is going to "take" almost any event. Try reading "1491" and compare what it says to you about America's indigenous peoples, compared to what they taught us in school.

But when I read for pleasure, I sample everything until I find something i just "fall into." I am a sucker for romances for example, as long as they are good. Further, Nietzsche once said, we can never read the same book twice. He means that if you like the poetry of Tennyson, and you read a book with a whole lot of poems, some you will understand right away, and others on the second read, or even the fifth read. So as you grow, your ability to read grows, and that in turn make you see the world better, and on and on like that. So some pieces I have read many times. I just keep seeing new things. I think I could give a good example with music. Let us say you like Bob Dylan. You mayo like one of his songs, and even know the words, but do you really know what he is talking about? Then suddenly, one day it hits you between the eyes like a pie! The Old "Light Bulb" Experience! I love books like that! So, my conclusion is, I seldom finish a book!
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