To finish the book or not?What do you do in this case:
Posted 26 February 2004 - 06:03 PM
Posted 26 February 2004 - 07:07 PM
Posted 26 February 2004 - 08:33 PM
I want is so much more powerful than I will.
Posted 27 February 2004 - 04:38 AM
Edited by BW, 27 February 2004 - 02:06 PM.
Posted 27 February 2004 - 05:48 AM
The question about walking out on a movie got me thinking.
While it may be true that if you stick with a book it will be worth it (I, too, was glued to Middlemarch at the end), I find that bad movies are bad all the way through.
Posted 27 February 2004 - 06:07 AM
Posted 27 February 2004 - 01:55 PM
Posted 27 February 2004 - 02:19 PM
We've talked about recommending books to a friend who didn't like it, but for me it can be even more awkward when your friend LOVED the book or movie and you thought it was awful. In the former case, you can often be discreet and not share your feelings, but in the latter case, you can be put in the position of actually having to lie your head off in order to be polite.
Posted 27 February 2004 - 03:46 PM
Posted 30 May 2005 - 10:00 PM
I recently picked up Gabriel Garcia Marquez' One Hundred Years of Solitude, because I understood that it was a widely loved modern classic. I haven't quite made it to page 80, and I am finding it impossible to keep the characters straight. So I am here seeking advice. Should I plow through and find it gets easier? Should I start again and make a scorecard/cheat sheet? Am I alone in having this problem? Is it not worth the effort?
Posted 30 May 2005 - 11:47 PM
Posted 31 May 2005 - 05:58 AM
Posted 31 May 2005 - 08:02 AM
Thanks for the advice, HF! Like BW's friend at the head of this thread, I really hate putting books aside once I've started, but like you, others have indicated that sometimes it's the best way.
Posted 04 June 2005 - 02:17 PM
I too struggled with this book at first, but I read it all the way through and liked it. I would not say it is one of the best books I've read, but I did enjoy it. Keeping the characters straight gets easier as you go through. I will say I probably would have put it down, but I was on doctor's ordered bed rest for 8 weeks (in and out of the hospital, mostly in) and I had read all of my other reading material at hand. I only continued because I HAVE to read. In the end I am glad I finished the book, but I don't think I will read any more books by Marquez.
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