Five Classic Tomes I Just Can’t Like

by admin on November 5, 2009

These are five classic books that I tried to like. Honestly, I did.

Here’s a list of literary “classics” that I have tried to read and enjoy, but in the end, I failed. It is not often that I cannot finish a book, but there are so many books that I want to read that I give a book about 40 pages to pull me in. If a book can’t hook me after 40 pages – it usually won’t be a book I enjoy.

Walden – Thoreau
The minute details of how Thoreau chose to alter his lifestyle are boring. I’m sorry, it’s true. If this were being written today it would be a blog run by some off-the-grid back to nature guy. He’d update posts with his laptop that was powered by a combination of solar and wind generated electricity.

For Whom The Bell Tolls – Hemingway
I’ve tried to like Hemingway novels. Really, I have. His characters are just so flawed I just can’t stand them – let alone like them.

I read this because I wanted to know how the phrase, Catch-22, came about. I quit reading this because it was too slow for me to care any more about Catch-22.

The Republic – Plato
I was told somewhere that if you really wanted to understand and appreciate today’s democracy you should read this book. I think it’s about as entertaining as the health care reform bill.

The Best of H.P. Lovecraft
I’m spoiled by today’s style of fast paced thrillers. I found Lovecraft to be too pedestrian for my tastes.

Robinson Crusoe – Daniel Defoe
I really, really wanted to like this book. I love the premise of a man having to hack his life out of the wilderness on a deserted island. This is one that I might someday take another stab at finishing.

I just couldn’t stand the repetitiousness of his struggles. I would come back to the book a day or so after reading it and swear that I had lost my place and that I was re-reading parts of it. Bad news was – I wasn’t.

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