Friday Morning Bookclub

April 27, 2010

Books That You Just Cannot Finish!

Filed under: Literary Tidbits — susanbright @ 10:15 pm

Are you one of those people that always finish a book no matter what? Over the years I can probably count on one hand the books I started to read, but put down without finishing. One book that comes to mind is Angela’s Ashes by Frank McCourt. It won the Pulitzer Prize and everyone loved this book, but I found it soooo slow and depressing.  Another is The Corrections by Jonathan Franzen . I couldn’t even tell you what it was about, other than it was really strange and probably the only time I attended one of our meetings without finishing  or having any intention of finishing the book.  Are there any books that you just couldn’t seem to get through?

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  1. That’s interesting. I also couldn’t finish The Corrections, and I was surprised because it was very popular at the time and even now many of my friends loved it. The only other book I couldn’t finish was Katharine Graham’s autobiography, Personal History. I knew that, as the publisher of the Washington Post during the 60’s and 70’s, she had a fascinating and exciting life. The book reviews were, and are, effusive in praising the book. For some reason, though, I just couldn’t get into it. It seemed like a laundry list of “be impressed by who I know”, and that turned me off. Maybe I should have given it more of a chance, but I just couldn’t relate to it.

    Comment by Jean — April 29, 2010 @ 10:28 am | Reply


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