Thursday, October 27, 2011

Booking Through Thursday (Hard)

         From Booking Through Thursday:

What’s the hardest/most challenging book you’ve ever read? Was it worth the effort? Did you read it by choice or was it an assignment/obligation?

     I just finished the world's hardest/most challenging book EVER! It's called Vanity Fair by William Makepeace Thackeray. It took me almost a year to read it. Almost every page was pointless and dry...I'll review it in-depth later. Let's just say I feel good in saying that I've read Vanity Fair, but that's about all I got from the whole ordeal (and, yes, it was an ordeal).  I read it by choice, it was the most challenging book I've ever read, the end it felt like an obligation. I felt hollow and weary for days after reading it. Ick.

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  1. I was going to read this one as my next classic, but maybe I won't now! :P
    Is it very dry?

  2. You should try to read a little book called "Mysteries of St. Louis" by Henry Boerstein. You wanna talk about dry. Jesus. Written in 1850 (ish) in German and later translated into English. Good job finishing "Vanity Fair" though :)

  3. Wow - you're a trooper - I don't think I would finish it if it were that bad. I've given a few a good try though - Wolf Hall (Hilary Mantel) comes to mind.

  4. sam: so i feel like every character is purposely not given depth to point out the 'vanity fair'. this works in short works (think, the crucible), but not for 700+ pages! :P

    julie: frankly, your book sounds interesting, but i remember you talking about it...borborboring! and thanks! :)

    tanya: i kept on hearing from everyone that is got better and i kept on thinking it would get better...i usual stop reading books i can't stand, as well. :D

  5. For me it was 'Madame Bovary'. I binned it. It was rubbish.



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