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October 25th, 2007


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09:46 am - Abandoned books
Booking Through Thursday

I would enjoy reading a meme about people's abandoned books. The books that you start but don't finish say as much about you as the ones you actually read, sometimes because of the books themselves or because of the circumstances that prevent you from finishing. So... what books have you abandoned and why?

I've not finished two books:
John Bunyon's The Pilgrim's Progress because I just couldn't make it through. Someday I will. I have faith.
George du Maurier's Trilby. I always wanted to read it and I barely made it into chapter 2. The book drips with such an ingrained anti-semitism, I was unable to focus on the story. It's hard to explain how the book affected me. It wasn't that the book was deliberately anti-semetic, or that it features a villainous Jew ala Oliver Twist or Merchant of Venice, it was that it was so steeped in anti-semetic thought that it didn't make any sense without that context. Unless you accept that premise, that Jews basically are manipulative jerks who generally suck and are a blight on the universe, the story is unreadable. And most people who accept that premise in this day and age aren't really going to read Trilby. I was unable to divorce the story from its basic ideology, and therefore I gave up. Unlike the Pilgrim's Progress, I'm not sure I'll ever be mature enough to attempt to finish it.
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From:lena_a_mermaid
Date:October 26th, 2007 04:14 am (UTC)
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On the Road. I tryed to read it several times when I was younger and never made it through. I guess I didn't like the way they talked about women. It seemed like it was written for men. I'm not sure if I'd feel the same way if I tried it again.
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From:fraggle42
Date:October 27th, 2007 04:06 am (UTC)
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Perhaps if it's that bad, it would me more appropriate to say that you already are mature enough to not bother with trying to finish it. And I'm not even going to bother trying to list all the books I haven't finish (but mean to some day!).

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