Wednesday, April 25, 2012

What's a classic book you just can't finish?

It's Wednesday. That means it's question time. This time it's about classic books that you just can't finish.

I have one, and I may have mentioned it here before. Catch 22. I just can't get past the circular logic. I know that the circular logic is the point of the book and how none of it's supposed to make sense, but it drives me crazy. I can't get past it. I've tried a couple of times, and I always make it about halfway through the book then get so frustrated I have to put it down.

I really want to finish it, but I can't. There are other classics that I've read that I didn't think were all that good. But at least I got through those. Catch 22 just stops me dead every time.

Your turn to share. What is a book that's considered a classic that you just can't seem to get through? It may be the writing. It may be the characters. Whatever it is, you just can't push to the end.


  1. "A Tale of Two Cities." I've read every one of Dicken's books at least twice, but I can't get past the first few chapters of this one. I can't figure it out.

    Strangely enough, when I first started reading Jane Austen I couldn't get into "Emma" either. It took me a year longer to read it after I'd read all the others a couple of times. But with ATOTC it's been five years already since I first picked it up. There it sits on the bookshelf by my bed, accusing me daily.

  2. High school ruined Dickens for me. Seems that anything I had to study as a kid I wind up not liking much as an adult.

  3. I have never been able to read any Jane Austen. I just don't see the appeal.

  4. Margaret --
    Is it the language? The plot? All of it?