Tuesday, February 20, 2018
Books I'll Never Read (Plus a Couple of Those I Didn't Think I'd Read, But Did, and Loved)
My time here is short. I want to read the good books. I really do. But I want to read the books that are good for me. Not necessarily those others are telling me I need to read.
I tried. I really did.
But I'm never going to read War and Peace. Too many characters, too much plot.
I'm scratching William Faulkner from my list, too. No Sound and Fury. No Absalom, Absalom. No Go Down, Moses. I can't connect with the characters in these books.
Ulysses by James Joyce? It reads like garbly-goop.
Henry James feels too stilted, too dressed-up, complete with a bow tie. So no Golden Bowl, no Ambassadors, no Wings of a Dove.
Am I wrong to wish to avoid Junkie by William Burroughs? I've ventured, against my better judgment, many times, into the dark world of spiraling addictions (most notably, Under the Volcano) and I'm not sure I need to go there again.
Do I want to spend hours of my life following a whale? No, I think Moby Dick is out.
And Lolita fills me with revulsion. Just. Can't. Read. It.
On the other hand...
At the urging of others, I reluctantly read and loved Frankenstein, Brideshead Revisited, Independent People, Middlemarch, The Three Musketeers, and Midnight's Children, so I'm open to hearing your thoughts on any of these you urgently encourage me to read. And I am taking on sixty-eight classics or semi-classics in the next five years.
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