"I can't read this book!"

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"I can't read this book!"

Post by Wallingford » Thu Aug 16, 2012 2:05 pm

Anybody ever reach just such a frustration plateau in trying to get through some literary "classic"? I had just such an experience a year and a half ago with Mark Twain's A Connecticut Yankee In King Arthur's Court.

The first few pages that segued into the big flashback were readable enough, but as Twain got further and further into this attempt at fantasy, he lost me....way, way behind. All that pretentious, picturesque prose had me finally concluding, at about the sixtieth page, "I can't read this book!"
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Re: "I can't read this book!"

Post by jbuck919 » Thu Aug 16, 2012 2:16 pm

I remember reading it in high school without losing interest, but it has been many years since I have been able to latch onto any piece of classic fiction--my limitation no doubt.

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