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Books you feel you should have read ....

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MadBadandDangeroustoKnow Thu 10-Jul-08 22:58:59

but have somehow never got round to?

For me, there are very many, but another thread has reminded that I've been intending to read Middlemarch ever since the BBC adaptation, more than a decade ago.

Anyone else want to confess?

ilovemydog Thu 10-Jul-08 23:04:32

Possession - people raved about it, but I just didn't get it and stopped.

Must try again....

daffodill6 Thu 10-Jul-08 23:08:15

Canterbury Tales - started it at least 3 times and always found something better to do than finish it. So am saving it

FlossieTCake Thu 10-Jul-08 23:14:38

War and Peace
Anna Karenina
Gerald Durrell (mainly because the family I married into have devoured them all and hence know them inside out)
PG Wodehouse (ditto)
EM Delafield (ditto again only worse as I think she is some sort of distant relative so there is also parochial pride to contend with)
Madame Bovary - never got more than a quarter of the way through even though my supervisor at uni thought it was a Wurk of Genius

Actually what I seem to be doing is listing books I think I ought to have read but have accepted I never will as there are too many more that I actually want to read grin

I have my money on .... umm.... let's say 3 more posts before someone says Ulysses.

thumbwitch Thu 10-Jul-08 23:16:53

many many - Middlemarch is one of them.
Anna Karenina
Don Quixote - started 3 times now but never get very far
Pickwick Papers -tried it, didn't really get it, probably too young, probably need to try again

BecauseImWorthIt Thu 10-Jul-08 23:22:13

I have a degree in English Literature, and there are so many books I have never read.

I have never read any Charles Dickens blush for a start.

Quattrocento Thu 10-Jul-08 23:26:24

Oh read Middlemarch, please please do. It's fabbo. As is Anna Karenina and W&P and all of Gerald Durrell too

I could never get to grips with:

Laurence Durrell
James Joyce
Charles Dickens
Fielding
Smollett

I manfully struggled through Ulysses tho <pat on back> but please will someone tell me what's good about it?

hatwoman Thu 10-Jul-08 23:28:45

another one with Middlemarch on her list. I've read Anna Karenina and really liked it. I read 1000 years of solitude purely on the basis that I should. hated it. soldiered on to the end but was left with an overwhelming feeling of not getting it.

MadBadandDangeroustoKnow Thu 10-Jul-08 23:28:50

Well, I asked about books you feel you should have read (although my 'guilt at not read' list and 'want to read' list have a lot in common).

I would agree, though, that Madame Bovary is indeed a Wurk of Genius. It was on my guilt list for years. When I finally read it last year, it instantly entered my top ten books of all time chart (possible basis for another thread there, mayhap).

hatwoman Thu 10-Jul-08 23:30:07

I see my 1000 years experience was like quattrocento's Ulysses. I managed precisely 1 page of Ulysses - you do indeed deserve a pat on the back.

Pavlovthecat Thu 10-Jul-08 23:30:16

Sophie's World, Jostein Gaarder - I cant ever seem to finish it, although I love it.
Zen and the Art of Motorcycle Maintenance - Robert M Pirsig - again, i have attempted to read this about 4 times in my life. It is a fantastic book but I get sort of stuck half way, mental block. I will finish it before I die.

hatwoman Thu 10-Jul-08 23:31:26

Brave New World

thumbwitch Thu 10-Jul-08 23:35:54

ooh, me too for Brave New World.

I have read both Sophie's World - suggest keeping it in the loo, it was the only way I managed to finish it - and Zen and the Art of Motorcycle Maintenance, which I liked.
Tried Robert M.Pirsig's next book, I think called Lilith or somesuch and didn't cope with that.

the only Dickens I have read are Oliver Twist and Great Expectations - and I must admit that I got lost after the MIss Haversham bit in GE, but then I was only about 12 when I read it and haven't bothered to go back and try again. Should I?

AbstractMouse Thu 10-Jul-08 23:39:39

Most classics really, have a vague feeling I should be reading them but don't really know where to start. I suppose I feel intimidated by them really, although don't want to cut off my nose to spite my face by forgetting them altogether as I know I'm missing out on amazing books.

Think I may make a resolution to read a classic a month, if I'm left feeling hmm after 100 pages, I shall move on. grin

jezzemx Thu 10-Jul-08 23:49:07

War and Peace.
Pick it up and then put it back down again!!!!

jezzemx Thu 10-Jul-08 23:49:59

Without reading a page I must add!!!

Quattrocento Thu 10-Jul-08 23:53:09

Oh god I had forgotten Brave New World. Or to be more accurate, never got through it. Thought I'd try Antic Hay. Failed there too.

FlossieTCake Thu 10-Jul-08 23:54:23

<<pats Quattrocento on back>>

(and not just because of the excellent timing of your post either )

Some bits of Ulysses are much much better than others. imnvho.

I hate Dickens, but I do still feel I should have read Great Expectations.

thumbwitch Thu 10-Jul-08 23:59:10

AbstractMouse - if you can still get the cheapo Penguin Classics that is the way to go but for the love of god don't get Moby Dick - total waste of your money!

Ah yes, I did also get Les Miserables (I & II) in said cheapo Penguin Classics and have never opened them...

But I can recomend the Complete Works of Saki by Hector Hugh Munro - mad as a box of frogs, excellent short stories, another book for the loo but only because stories are short.

FlossieTCake Fri 11-Jul-08 00:06:26

Ooh, Saki... now that's something else I was told the other night I had to read.

thumbwitch Fri 11-Jul-08 00:15:59

oh you do, you do - but not all at once. A bit like chocolates, savour them

mybabysinthegarden Fri 11-Jul-08 00:23:31

Found myself nodding knowingly today, during discussion of how Gordon Brown's comparison of himself with Heathcliff makes it sound like he's never read Wuthering Heights... like me blush

I have read Ulysses though. Twice.

PiusIX Fri 11-Jul-08 00:25:38

A la recherche du temps perdu

Three attempts, never got through 1st vol.

AbstractMouse Fri 11-Jul-08 00:26:40

Thanks thumbwitch, I am limited to charity shops so I will see what I can find (avoiding Moby Dick). Any others to avoid on pain of death???

dittany Fri 11-Jul-08 00:27:08

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