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Old 11-24-2009, 08:40 AM   #1
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Have you ever been 'beaten' by a book?

Have you ever had a book that you tried to read over and over again and still couldn't finish? And I don't mean a book you started and didn't like and put aside.

I have been fortunate that my family was always big readers and never tried to sensor what we were reading when growing up.

My Dad always suggested books. And as a 'good' girl I tried to work my way through Steinbeck, Hemmingway etc. One book that was very important to him just 'beat' me. I still haven't finished it although I try it ever couple of years.

The book: Uhuru by Robert Ruark [novel written against a vast, turbulent background of present-day Africa (in 1962, tells gripping story of a white colonial and his gradual disintegration in the face of the tensions and horror tearing that continent apart.]
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Old 11-24-2009, 09:07 AM   #2
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I can't tell you how many times I've started Joyce's Ulysses. So many times that I know the first few words "Stately, plump Buck Mulligan came from the stairhead.." I get annoyed that the book defeats me. I've heard parts of it read out and it's wonderful. I might try an ebook version.

I've read the first volume of Proust's epic but didn't go any further. I must try harder with great literature!
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Old 11-24-2009, 09:25 AM   #3
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Mervyn Peake's 'Titus Groan' - every few years I make a fresh attempt; but I never make it beyond the first hundred pages.
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Old 11-24-2009, 09:40 AM   #4
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There's a whole genre of books that regularly defeat me, so I've stopped lookng at them. They are the tell-alls by various "insiders" and "intimates." I find I really hate gossipmongers and fast-buck books they write.
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Old 11-24-2009, 04:24 PM   #5
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The House of the Seven Gables - I tried, over and over again I tried, but I could never finish it. For some reason, I would lose all interest about one third of the way through. I have now officially given up on it.
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Old 11-24-2009, 04:49 PM   #6
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"Zen and the Art of Motorcycle Maintenance" . One of my professors lent it to me 6-7 months ago, and I just can't get through it. It is his favourite book and asks me on an almost daily basis if I've finished it, what do I think of it so far, didn't I love that scene etc. I tell him that I can't seem to find the time to read it, which is a blatant lie, as I have read tons of books in the meantime and he have probably even mentioned them in front of him. He has also lent me "Lila", the sequel. I don't have the heart to tell him that I can't bear to look at either of them anymore. I'm going to give it one last try. The book does have interesting parts, but they are inter spaced with incredibly boring parts; perhaps the ending will make up for it? (That is wishful thinking on my part)
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Old 11-24-2009, 05:13 PM   #7
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Godel, Escher, Bach, an Eternal Golden Braid by eric Hofstadter. I resolve to read it once a year and get so far and then stop. Maybe if it were in e-book... Yeah, that's it, I'll wait for the e-book!
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Old 11-24-2009, 05:22 PM   #8
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Lord of the Rings.
I've had the book for so long the pages have turned yellow and started to disintegrate. Tried to read it again and again but just die of boredom each time. Seems to be about funny little gnomes having huge long......long.....longgg battles.
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Old 11-24-2009, 07:11 PM   #9
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Lord of the Rings.
I've had the book for so long the pages have turned yellow and started to disintegrate. Tried to read it again and again but just die of boredom each time. Seems to be about funny little gnomes having huge long......long.....longgg battles.
I actually made it through the series but I did often wonder why it became such a hit. Loved the movies but it was such a hard read for me. Mostly because Tolkien constantly breaks his own rythm by interspacing 3 page songs or poems or whatever right into the middle of things.

Can't really think of any book that has "beaten" me. If I don't like a book or loose interest in it for some unknown reason then I put it down and don't even think of ever going back.

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Old 11-24-2009, 07:32 PM   #10
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"Zen and the Art of Motorcycle Maintenance" . One of my professors lent it to me 6-7 months ago, and I just can't get through it. It is his favourite book and asks me on an almost daily basis if I've finished it, what do I think of it so far, didn't I love that scene etc. I tell him that I can't seem to find the time to read it, which is a blatant lie, as I have read tons of books in the meantime and he have probably even mentioned them in front of him. He has also lent me "Lila", the sequel. I don't have the heart to tell him that I can't bear to look at either of them anymore. I'm going to give it one last try. The book does have interesting parts, but they are inter spaced with incredibly boring parts; perhaps the ending will make up for it? (That is wishful thinking on my part)
Hmmm, I read about 3/4 of that book. I should really finish it. I found I had to be in the mood for the contemplative parts, but then I would actually really enjoy them. You need the headspace to deal with that book. Tell your professor you've got too much on your mind to appreciate it at this point in time but that you've gleaned it's going to be an interesting read and you'll get to it later
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Old 11-25-2009, 04:31 AM   #11
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Godel, Escher, Bach, an Eternal Golden Braid by eric Hofstadter. I resolve to read it once a year and get so far and then stop. Maybe if it were in e-book... Yeah, that's it, I'll wait for the e-book!
Well, it *is* Out There

I once tried to read 'Dianetics' (on a bet) and decided after about a hundred pages that just about anything else was a far better way to spend my time. I don't know if that counts :-)
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Old 11-25-2009, 04:35 AM   #12
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Well, it *is* Out There

I once tried to read 'Dianetics' (on a bet) and decided after about a hundred pages that just about anything else was a far better way to spend my time. I don't know if that counts :-)
Not really, unless of course you are still trying
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Old 11-25-2009, 07:30 AM   #13
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Really? I find most of his work fascinating.
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