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message 1: by Cassy (new)

Cassy Ha ha! I can see why people would hate this book. It's pretty slow and obscure.

I need to mull over it for a few days before I attempt to write a review.

message 2: by Tatiana (new)

Tatiana I am still amazed how this book could inspire such a great movie. Never was able to finish this novel...

message 3: by Cassy (new)

Cassy I still need to watch the movie. You have encouraged me to get on that, Tatiana!

And I won't beat yourself up about not finishing this one.

message 4: by Tatiana (new)

Tatiana Hope you like it (at least more than the novel).

P.S. I completely stopped worrying about not finishing books last year. 50+ abandoned books in 2011 and I don't even care! Very liberating:)

message 5: by Cassy (new)

Cassy I envy you!!! I carry around way too much guilt. About my reading choices, my speed...

message 6: by Tatiana (new)

Tatiana You know, I used to at least read plot summaries on wiki after dropping books, but I don't do even that any more. I even go as as to often drop books if I feel it will be a 3-star read. Basically, the more you practice this policy, the easier it gets.

message 7: by Nandakishore (new)

Nandakishore Varma I finished this book, gritting my teeth... it was uphill all the way. Even now, I don't know what Ondaatje was trying to say. It has kept me away from his other books, and the movie of this one.

message 8: by Cassy (last edited Jan 17, 2012 08:05AM) (new)

Cassy Nandakishore, I agree. I think Ondaatje is a strong writer, but this book was a miss for me. The message was...yeah, I don't know. Just that people can bond over strange things during stressful times?

message 9: by Cassy (new)

Cassy Hey, JonSnow. I am with you. I am still trying to finish all my books. It takes me a while sometimes. I rarely regret reading something. Even my one-star books taught me something. This book was worth reading for the quality of the writing if nothing else. Plus there was one great, mindblowing scene where you wonder if it's a woman sitting next to him or a bunch of sticks.

message 10: by Erma (new)

Erma Odrach Good review. Had trouble with this one too. Maybe it's the cross-over from poetry to prose.

message 11: by Cassy (new)

Cassy Thanks, Erma. It is good to know I am not alone on this one.

message 12: by Xiaohe (new)

Xiaohe I'm trudging through this one as well, thought I was the only one and didn't want to admit-I'd been working on this book off and on for a while now. Sigh. I do want to finish it, grr.

message 13: by Cassy (new)

Cassy Good luck, Xena! Trudge onwards by all means! I wish I could motivate you by writing there is a huge pay-off at the end, but I won't lie to you.

message 14: by Xiaohe (new)

Xiaohe Cassy wrote: "Good luck, Xena! Trudge onwards by all means! I wish I could motivate you by writing there is a huge pay-off at the end, but I won't lie to you."

:) Thank you! English isn't my first language, so I started to suspect if I was simply too ill-equipped to appreciate this book...I'm relieved to see I'm not the only one having trouble -.-. I feel immensely guilty if I don't finish a book--especially if it's a book I purchased. Somehow I feel like I HAVE to finish this goddamn book before I'm allowed to start another one. Maybe I'll watch the movie for motivation :)

message 15: by Cassy (new)

Cassy Rest assured - the issue isn't your English skills! I completely understand the pressure you feel to finish a book you start. And I did enjoy the movie! It actually helped me better appreciate the book in hindsight.

message 16: by Rashmi (new)

Rashmi Basu Haha! You captured exactly what I felt while reading The English Patient. It went into my DNF shelf after the first 10 pages, I think. It was simply too depressing and vague for me. Also, I have learnt to be wary of 'highly acclaimed' authors and blurbs that promise 'poignant writing'. They mostly seem to be sales pitch for pretentiousness and a lack of plot. Put it down to my very bourgeois tastes, but I didn't like this book, and I am long past feeling bad about it. As somebody said in this thread, that's very liberating! :)

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