Friday, March 25, 2011

The Year's First Defeat

I did not finish Slaughter House Five by Kurt Vonnegut.

I read fifty pages as I customarily do with a new book to try to get a feel for things; nothing.  I read another fifty pages due to reputation and all the praise I've heard.  It wasn't for me.  Furthermore this isn't one I plan on re-visiting.  I'll be trading it in tomorrow morning.

It's easy to read and I could have powered through, but there was nothing of remote interest happening for me.  That book nearly killed me, "So it goes."

It had to happen sometime.  


Marion said...

Two things: Do you have a personal rule about finishing books? I have some friends who do. I don't. If I hate something, I stop reading it.

You and I have discussed before whether things become so dated that they no longer carry the writer's message. I would have to re-read Slaughterhouse Five but I wonder if that's the problem.

Chad Hull said...

I used to have that rule. I have since gotten over it. I don't hesitate to put things down any more. You've got fifty pages to intrigue me in some way; past that, I'm moving on.

I can't put a finger on my immediate problem with Slaughterhouse Five. (I probably could if I finished it.) I considered powering through it, but no.