Wednesday, July 29, 2009

I've Failed

For years I've been able to say,

"I've never started a book that I haven't finished......except for a Tale of Two Cities."

And now I've got to ammend that statement. I just can't take it anymore. I cannot finish The Brothers Karamazov by Fyodor Dostoevsky. I cannot stand one more theological lecture or dissertation on Russian law, blah, blah, blah.

The story is ok. Three brothers, three different mothers, three different personalities. Loser, slightly crazy dad. A love triangle. Some missing money, etc, etc, etc. But they have to stop and debate the causes of animal abuse for 50 pages between conversations that move the plot along.

I even got it on audio book because I thought the small print and the 30 minutes between page turnings was discouraging me. Nope. It was the book itself. Even if someone else read it to me while I laid out in the sun and watched the kids play I couldn't take it.

So I have to admit to you all that there are two books I haven't finished....and I've finished some pretty bad ones....A Tale of Two Cities and The Brothers Karamazov. I vow that I will someday make it through the Dickens classic, but I think I can happily go to my grave never knowing what happens to the long winded Karamazov clan.

1 comment:

Jill said...

You have me laughing! I started and did not finish both of those, as well. Rob even bought me "Tale..." as a birthday present (I know, I know.) and I just haven't been able to make myself plow through. Come to think of it I think I just read the back cover (and, of course, the famous first line). The back cover made it sound like the point was to denounce mob violence. I told Rob I already know mob violence is wrong. Anyway... move on to "The Pearl." You won't be disappointed. Well, you might, but it's worth it.