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Okay, spurred by an email suggestion, I am going to come clean with a list of works that I have to admit were “tl;dr” for me personally.

So here you go.


• “The Brothers Karamazov”

• “Far From the Madding Crowd”

• the Bible (specifically Judges, Deuteronomy, Jeremiah, Leviticus and Numb3rs)

• “Finnegan’s Wake”

• the “Twilight” series

• “Ivanhoe”

• the instructions for our propane generator

• “The Mill on the Floss”

• “Infinite Jest” (although I plan to make that happen someday)

Have I forgotten any, or sold any of these short?


sexy George Eliot

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  1. Just Andrew

    Yeah Megan, Paradise Lost was torture for me. He tells us in one sentence that the angels are too many to name. Then he names them.

  2. dct

    Far from the Madding Crowd–yes!
    Ulysses and Finnegan’s Wake
    Moby Dick
    I may get around to James Joyce, but I can promise you that I will never read Moby Dick.

  3. Annie

    Oh my god! Three of the best books I’ve ever read–Brothers Karamazov, Moby-Dick, AND Member of the Wedding–all condemned! Please–Aunt Annie sez, follow Big Star’s advice and give ’em another chance! (you know Alex read ’em)

  4. Megan

    Some books I don’t need to actually read, I just need to know enough about them so they become part of my cultural frame of reference (White Noise, I’m looking at you). For the record, I have, in fact, read all of Paradise Lost (English major requirement) and dug The Mill on the Floss and even Infinite Jest (although I skimmed the plot threads I wasn’t interested in). And I’m with GFWD on Zen and the Art of Motorcycle Maintenance. Didn’t get through it, but can reference the hell out of it at a cocktail party.

  5. eric g

    God, Ian, I’m with you on “Infinite Jest.” I have tried to read that book at least ten times; some of it is undeniably brilliant, but, especially after reading “Brief Interviews with Hideous Men,” I’ve decided that the inner workings of David Foster Wallace’s mind is not a place I am willing to spend unlimited amounts of time. I’ve tried to read “Desolation Angels” by Jack Kerouac at least as many times; the first hundred fifty pages or so are brilliant, but as soon as he comes down off the mountain, the book devolves into post-Beat gibberish that chases my interest within fifty pages.

  6. Ruth

    Anna Karenina for me. Bleak House is up there, too. So depressing.
    Sometimes I suffer from an inability to put down a painful drudge of a book that should be tl to read but I resentfully plod in to find out what happens. Sometimes it is worth the time output. Most times, it is not (translation: wait for the screen version)
    Les Miserables, by Victor Hugo: the archaic style and history lessons are WORTH IT.
    Song of Ice and Fire Series, George RR Martin: NOT WORTH IT, people. Watch the HBO series, though!
    Twilight: NOT WORTH IT


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