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WHU(Exeter) 3:42 Wed Jun 30
Books you wish you’d never started
T.E. Lawrence - the seven pillars of wisdom

Fascinated by this period of history and his role in it, and after seeing Lawrence of Arabia for the first time in years recently, thought I’d give his book on it a go.

Almost finished it but don’t think I’ve ‘got into’ more than a dozen of the 700 pages of it.

Page after page of describing rock formations which would be good if you were studying geology, a complete study of camels and pages where 101 names are suddenly thrown in at you. Got to the point where if he said a name I lost track whether he was on about a bloke he’d met yesterday, a tribe or a river.

A very strange bloke into the bargain.

What books have you looked forward to reading, only to be left completely cold?

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Any Old Iron 9:37 Sun Jul 4
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Fucking hell, I've just wandered into Pseudes Corner.
And some shocking Zoltaneering going on. Shame on most of you.


To give this thread some balance I have read and enjoyed all the Jack Reacher tales up until no.22, Midnight Line. But wish I hadn't bothered with the last three, which were all fucking abysmal.
There are other novels which I wished I hadn't started but the one which stands out head shoulders above all others for sheer pretentious gobbledegook is Stephen Fry's Moab Is My Washpot.

mashed in maryland 2:09 Sun Jul 4
Re: Books you wish you’d never started
Read it and find out akhi

Coffee 1:53 Sun Jul 4
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mashar al maryland 1:51 Sun Jul 4

Why do you say that?

mashed in maryland 1:51 Sun Jul 4
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I'm about a third of the way into a translation of the qoran as it goes.

It PISSES OVER the bible.

, 1:48 Sun Jul 4
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Rls, why have you read the bible from start to finish at least ten times?

, 1:46 Sun Jul 4
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I have seen “The Book of Mormon” on stage and it’s very enjoyable.

MrTrentReznor 1:42 Sun Jul 4
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I was also given a copy of the 'Book of Mormon' by 2 young Mormons. One was called 'Elder Hayes' & the other was 'Elder' something else. They're called elders even though they were young. Very polite & well dressed, like juvenile reservoir dogs without the violence & profanity.
They reckoned they could convert me to the church of the latter day saints & gave me a copy of the book & invited me to a meeting.
I didn't go to the meeting & didn't finish the book.

Nurse Ratched 1:37 Sun Jul 4
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"He was a determined cunt who committed a lot of bad ideas to paper"

A genuine laugh out loud. Thanks. I'm going to send your quote to my son who loathes Steinbeck.

MrTrentReznor 1:33 Sun Jul 4
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Ayn Rand's - The Fountainhead.
Complete ballocks. Unbelievable characters doing the impractical.
Could have been written by a 16 year old.

Steinbeck's - East of Eden.
Another shit effort. Just one dick character after another incessantly performing some form of illogical ballocks after completing an unpragmatic deed. He was a determined cunt who committed a lot of bad ideas to paper. I felt this is such a weighty tome there has to be some good shit in pages 500-700.
Fuck no.
A total fucking fraud.
Anyone who says otherwise is a pretensious prick.

WHU(Exeter) 6:22 Sat Jul 3
Re: Books you wish you’d never started
I love all the Dicken's books, leaving off reading the last few I haven't read for when I've got more time to read them.

Reckon if you've never read Dickens but wanted to give one of his books a go then the Pickwick Papers would be the best place to start, if you don't like that book then don't think you'd like a lot of his other books either.

Hello Mrs. Jones 7:49 Sat Jul 3
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I don't really regret starting them but I have read almost all of Dickens' novels and they are hard going, especially Barnaby Rudge and the mystery of Edwin Drood.

only1billybonds 2:14 Sat Jul 3
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I found Pappilon very hard going as a 17 year old.

Will give it another go one day,see if its any better through an old cunts eyes

SurfaceAgentX2Zero 2:09 Sat Jul 3
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Moby Dick

Without doubt the greatest opening line in the history of English literature and a couple of ripping final chapers book-ennding a dreary 200 page treatise of 19th century whaling techniques.

Read the first line, then watch the film.

Anything by that unreadable cunt Malcolm Bradbury.

chim chim cha boo 1:49 Sat Jul 3
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For Whom The Bell Tolls is one of my favourite books ever.

A book about betrayal, courage, dignity, honesty and the FACT that you are certainly going to die in the next five minutes so what are you going to do?

I much preferred it to A Farewell To Arms, Death In The Afternoon and most of his short stories.

White Pony 1:47 Sat Jul 3
Re: Books you wish you’d never started
The Da Vinci Code.

Absolutely terrible.

mashed in maryland 11:11 Fri Jul 2
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Anything by Irvine Welsh.

Brilliantly written, massively complex "world", relatable sympathetic characters, hard to put down.... and that's partly the problem. Its all so fucking dark.

The Grapes of Wrath is similar. Got about 2/3rds thru it before thinking... hang on, I'm spending time and mental effort here putting myself in a bad mood cos its so miserable. Fuck knows why so many people get excited by shit that's so negative.

Not taking anything away from any literary talent etc.

For a different reason, Fight Club. Absolute dogshit, maybe it was groundbreaking at the time but the whole "message" is juvenile and dull, read to the end hoping it'd be better than the film.

zebthecat 1:26 Fri Jul 2
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Bungo 1:15 Fri Jul 2

V has its moments.

ironsofcanada 1:22 Fri Jul 2
Re: Books you wish you’d never started
This thread made think I need to try some more Thomas Pynchon stuff again

I loved The Crying of Lot 49 when I had to read it in school. Did Gravity's Rainbow. Tried Mason & Dixon but had a lot of other thinking stuff going on and every page was work. Should try again and that was all before his latest novel from 2013.

Kaiser Zoso 12:16 Fri Jul 2
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Fo the Centreist 12:37 Thu Jul 1

Ha ha, good one

Prob the opposite of the thread, but Joseph Heller’s Catch 22 was a book that had much of its comedy and charm in how the narrative was constructed. Needless to say, it wasn’t possible to capture any of that in a film, which wasn’t a patch on the book

riosleftsock 12:14 Fri Jul 2
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"When posters on here, especially non Moslems, tell us they have read the Koran I take it with a huge pinch of salt."

I'm not sure why that would be. I've read the bible from start to finish at least ten times. The koran is about a tenth the length of the bible. I'm not sure why you would attempt to read it if you have no interest in religion.

Nagel 12:14 Fri Jul 2
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I thought For Whom the Bell Tolls was even worse than The Sun Also Rises. His best novel was A Farewell to Arms but his only really good work was the short stories.

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