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Old November 15th, 2012, 9:55 pm
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Re: Most boring book you've read or tried to read

For me it's definitely A Separate Peace by John Knowles. That's the only book I've had to read for school that there wasn't at least something that I found interesting. I have a hard time remembering what even happened because it made so little impression on me.
Originally Posted by asdfasdf17 View Post
A lot of people like the Adventures of Huckleberry Finn but I had to read it for an English class once and I never managed to get through it. It was really boring for me
I can definitely understand where you're coming from. There's a lot of description of the river and all that, and I know some people have a hard time understanding the colloquial dialogue, so they tend to drift. I didn't find every moment thrilling, but overall I liked the book well enough. I think it has a good message about society and prejudice.
Originally Posted by xhanax315 View Post
For some reason I disliked the Great Gatsby when we read it in school, but I think I need to give it another try.
I didn't like it much, either. Although I did enjoy that actual writing--it had some really nice prose--I found the rest kind of boring. Especially Nick Carroway. I thought he was such a flat character.
Another book I just thought of was Frankenstein by Mary Shelkey, you think it would be really interesting, but no.
I just read that like last week. I also didn't get what I was expecting, but I did like it overall. I thought it would be more sci-fi/horror like the movies, but it ended up being very philosophical. I still liked it, though. The parts I found really boring were when Victor Frankenstein kept describing the scenery or going on and on about his misery...ok, we get it now. Life sucks.
Originally Posted by LyannaS View Post
Ah yes - the books we had to read for school. For me it was Ethan Frome by Edith Wharton. I should have mentioned it, but that was long ago and it had slipped my mind. Or maybe the memory of valiantly trying to go through it is so painful that I blocked it out.
I just finished Edith Wharton's The Age of Innocence today for school. Not by choice. Some of it was a little difficult to get through because it rambled on about different genteel families or described how their living room was furnished, but again, I didn't mind it overall because I think it has some powerful sociological and gender messages.

As you can see, it's pretty hard to get me to dislike a book outright. I'm usually pretty generous in overlooking a book's boring parts and appreciating the good stuff. So A Separate Peace must've been really bad.

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