8465re: not finishing
- Feb 28, 2003Fellow readers,
Why should any of us feel obliged to finish a book, unless it contains
information that we need in order to meet some other obligation? I've
occasionally been embarassed when a friend recommended something that I
simply couldn't finish; it's hard to find a polite alternative to telling
someone that the book they loved makes you want to take the shredder to it
and give the results to the cat.
That's a different problem, though. Does anyone on this list have time
enough to read all the books, short stories and so on that he or she would
like to read? (If so, how did you achieve this?) I'll struggle on for
perhaps a hundred pages if the book was recommended by someone whose
opinions I respect, or if I'm making one of my periodic attempts to broaden
my literary horizons. After that, it becomes another example of "Life is
too short to..."
If I find myself thinking of housework that really should be done, that's
it for the book unless I have company coming *soon*.
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