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Man, I miss my brain. I don't think I got to have it most of last month. I say this because I can't remember last month and that usually means my brain was out of commission. This is some kind of funky side effect from the urticaria: when it kicks off, I become physically and mentally slow. And last month was not good for the urticaria.

This month, well, I'm starting by taking some blood pressure medication that may have the side effect of making me groggy. It might, however, have the side effect of helping to keep the urticaria under control: but it looks like either way I'm going to be feeling stupid. I hate that.

This has led, in one way or another, to me reading less this last month, and picking easier books. I'm currently in the middle of about 10 books according to GoodReads list. I thought I'd list some books I famously have not managed to finish, and encourage you to tell me yours.

1. Tristan Shandy: like Naked Lunch, every time I picked this up I was not sure if I had read the particular chapter before. Probably got third through.
2. Dangerous Liaisons: I really want to read it, but it's so sanctimonious. 25% done.
3. Ulysses. I think I need to read Joyce to be a good reader, but I just fail. Maybe I'll try another one of his books.

Still to try are Moby Dick and Don Quixote.

Tell me: what books have you failed to read?



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Mar. 8th, 2014 04:37 pm (UTC)
I don't ever listen to things! I think I do a much faster job of reading than of listening. But that would help with my ridiculous brain.
Mar. 8th, 2014 04:11 pm (UTC)
Two of Thomas Pychon's.

Some spy novel set at the start of World War One that would have been interesting, potentially, but the author liked hiding possibly interesting material in the middle of sentences that were, for the most part, far too long and I ended up being driven to count the number of words in them rather than look at the actual content - indeed when I found one that was over two hundred and fifty words, I gave up because it probably wasn't the longest one on the chapter, never mind the book, and no-one should be subjected to this sort of thing NO CARRIER
Mar. 9th, 2014 07:46 am (UTC)
I will consider myself warned!
Mar. 8th, 2014 07:53 pm (UTC)
Joyce's Dubliners is actually quite good. I'm not sure anyone has read Ulysses all the way through, or if they benefitted from doing so if they did!

I've failed to finish: Island (Huxley) twice, 100 Years of solitude (got about 200 pages in at least twice), finally managed David Copperfield once it was available on my smartphone and out of 1300 pages I skimmed most of the middle 800. Shame as the last 300 was pretty good. I read the first couple hundred pages of Don Quixote and couldn't be bothered. I do mean to go back to Troilus and Cresidye at some point, seeing as I managed all the Canterbury Tales in the original (though the Parson was pretty tedious).
Mar. 9th, 2014 04:37 am (UTC)
Not exactly on topic
Offhand I can't think of books I've failed to finish. I tend to be a masochist about finishing though I think there are a few I've wandered away from and then, mercifully, forgotten. So I comment instead to encourage you to try again with both Tristram Shandy and Ulysses because they're both really good books that you will think back on fondly, not unlike Remembrance of Things Past. Just now, though, I'm reading Muriel Spark because she's easy and rewarding.

Daffodils are coming into bloom in Seattle. -em.

ps. Dubliners is a pretty easy-entry Joyce. -em.
Mar. 9th, 2014 07:50 am (UTC)
Re: Not exactly on topic
Good to get the feedback about Tristam Shandy! I'm up for some more Muriel Spark but Mandelbaum Gate got reshelved.

Daffodils are going wild here but my first Greigi tulip in the sunniest spot has bloomed and I'm very excited about that
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