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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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