Here's the truth: (1) These books are on every Must-Read list. (2) I want to read books that many, many people have said are amazing.
But something about each of these puts me off.
Today I will make my stand. I'm crossing these off my (long) list of books I must read before I die.
Lolita by Vladimir Nabokov
The whole idea of this book is creepy to me. Yes, I've heard over and over that Nabokov is an amazing writer. But I can't get past the subject of the book. I don't think I ever will.
Sons and Lovers by D.H. Lawrence
The title. Ugh.
Ulysses by James Joyce
I've read a page or two from this one. It took me hours and, when I got the end, I still wasn't very clear about what I'd read. Do I really want to do that to myself?
Tropic of Cancer by Henry Miller
This one seems dangerously close to my idea of porn. Ick.
The Secret Agent by Joseph Conrad
If there is one book that was a universally bad experience for those of us who loved to read in high school, it was Heart of Darkness. HofD spoiled Joseph Conrad for me. Forever, I think.
The Sound and the Fury by William Faulkner
I dare to call myself a reader, and yet I've never read Faulkner. Nothing. And everything he's written is on every Good Book list. But he just doesn't ring my bell.
The Golden Bowl by Henry James
Henry James is another author I've skipped over. Again, no bells ringing with this author.
Remembrance of Things Past by Marcel Proust
How long is this book? Is it a book or a life experience?
Does it ever end? And does it have any plot?
War and Peace. Crime and Punishment. Fathers and Sons.
Or any of those other enormous Russian novels. Shudder.
Beloved by Toni Morrison
I hate to admit this, but I've never read Beloved. Or any other Toni Morrison. And I don't think I ever will. Why TM isn't working for me I do not understand. Everything about her says she should be a perfect author for me. And yet, no.
Have I acted in haste? Should I reconsider any of these? Talk me into it!
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