I have tried to finish THE GULAG ARCHIPELAGO but could not because of its extreme horrific theme. However, I hope to get the courage to finish the book one day. Any book that you have attempted to finish?
The Snowball. It's the biography of Warren Buffett. I love stocks and finance and all of that other stuff, but about halfway through you start to realize that his life just isn't terribly exciting, lol.
I really did enjoy what I read of it. I think the problem was that I was in my senior year of college and in the midst of biochem and shakespeare finals Not a recipe for success. I'll have to give it another try.
I haven't gotten to that one yet, But I'm the same way when it comes to classic literature. I usually have to balance it with something a little more accessible otherwise I'll more than likely give up. For example, right now I'm reading Crime and Punishment by Dostoevsky alongside Pastwatch by Orson Scott Card.
I have tried to finish The Mysteries of Udolpho, by Ann Radcliffe. It is described as a gothic novel, but I find it so long winded. I think you could cut out half the pages with no disruption to the story. Every couple of years I pick it up and carry on from where I left off. I have been reading it for about 15 years now (I am serious) and I am about half way through.
The Name of the Rose, by Umberto Eco. Great book, but I was reading it when my daughter was in the hospital and I was waiting to see if she would be ok. When she was released, I couldn´t bring myself to continue reading it. I do plan to get back to it someday.
Lisey's Story by Stephen King, the ONLY book of his I have ever struggled with. Just couldn't get into the whole 'bool' this and 'bool' that in the early part of the book. Got about 25% through it, put it down (about 4 years ago now) and never picked it up again. Shame, because he is my favourite author.
Principia Mathematica by Alfred North Whitehead and Bertrand Russell. I couldn't understand the first sentence. Nor could I understand any sentence which followed. The book was written in English (I think).
Sadly, I have a stack of books beside my bedstand that I "intend to finish" but can't seem to pick up: The Lady and The Monk by Pico Iyer; Breathless in Bombay by Murzban F. Shroff; and I did finish Brooklyn by Colm Toibin but can't for the life of me think why I wasted my time!!! I am reading Name of the Wind by Patrick Rothfuss and can't put it down.