I keep coming across references to The Goldfinch by Donna Tartt and how so many people just couldn’t get through it. They bought it because it was widely hyped and it won the Pulitzer Prize so must be good, right?
Well, yes, in many ways of course it is a prodigious novel and an astonishing achievement, etc. etc. And I did actually manage to finish it, but, boy, was it hard going! Whilst I could appreciate the effort that had gone into it and the quality of the prose, nevertheless I struggled to enjoy it, finding it almost impossible to relate to the characters and the situation.
The Goldfinch seems to have become synonymous with the idea of a “difficult” book that you “ought” to read. But why do we do that to ourselves? After all, it’s not as if we’re still at school and have to sit an exam on these challenging texts.
Here are a few books that defeated me, despite my best efforts:
And some others that I did make it through to the end, just to prove that I’m not a complete lightweight. 😉
How about you? Do you stick with a book no matter what? Or do you take the view that life is too short and there are so many other books out there you’d rather be reading?
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