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bookem
Posted - 20 March 2017 14:28
Bonfire of the Vanities.

Mason & Dixon (several times).
pancake humper
Posted - 20 March 2017 14:29
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The Goldfinch

It was like Dickens, if Dickens had been a talentless shitter.
Trigger Warning
Posted - 20 March 2017 14:29
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Wolf Hall
Gormenghast
FondantFancies
Posted - 20 March 2017 14:30
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I want to read bonfire of the vanities!

I've never finished a Dickens.
🐝 buzz
Posted - 20 March 2017 14:30
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Crime and Punishment.

A couple of Thomas Hardys but as I've finished others and as they're all the same those probably don't really count as unfinished.
King Canute the Great
Posted - 20 March 2017 14:37
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A couple of Henry James novels from his second or third (I forget) period - certainly The Gold Bowl and probably one more.
intheregions
Posted - 20 March 2017 14:37
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wolf hall
catch 22
tale of two cities
volenti_nfi
Posted - 20 March 2017 14:37
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Jonathan Strange & Mr Norrell
The Life and Opinions of Tristram Shandy, Gentleman
Winkler (Giles Coren)
Catch 22

Books I struggled to the end of and will never get those hours back:
Moby Dick
Atlas Shrugged
Man from Del Monte
Posted - 20 March 2017 14:38
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Crime and Punishment

American Pastoral (don't know why, was enjoying it but since tried and failed to get back into it)

Moby Dick (will likely finish it one day)

Don Quixote (see above)

Nostromo

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I'm an infrequent reader with ideas above my station. Hard to get back into real weighty novels.
King Canute the Great
Posted - 20 March 2017 14:38
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The Golden Bowl, in fact.
Man from Del Monte
Posted - 20 March 2017 14:39
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gave up on tristam shandy after about 20 pages
camenbert
Posted - 20 March 2017 14:43
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the Dom DeLilo book with the twin towers on the front
The Da Vinci code.

A book of "motoring journalism" by JK Setright (aka "unmitigated thatcherite rants". I'd rather read Jeremy Clarkson on something he doesn't care one way or the other on)
The Count of Monte Christo

The Finkler Question - Howard Jacobsen (which is a shame, because I enjoyed the other one of his that I've read).

there are a couple of books I've not finished yet, but those are the ones I will never finish.

I did recently finish the life and opinions of Tristram Shandy
We'll Drink to Thomas The Pink
Posted - 20 March 2017 14:44
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Catch 22 - unreadable
camenbert
Posted - 20 March 2017 14:45
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Del Monters - it's worth it, you just have to realise it's about nothing in particular. If you wait for it to Mean Something, you will be disappointed (much like my uncle Toby who was grievously wounded at the siege of Namur)
camenbert
Posted - 20 March 2017 14:46
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hoolie is voting lib dem
Posted - 20 March 2017 14:47
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The secret history

Wolf hall

Thought I would love both. Got bored.
Osama
Posted - 20 March 2017 14:48
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Mr Tickle
bananaman returns
Posted - 20 March 2017 14:53
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Contract Nutshells
King Canute the Great
Posted - 20 March 2017 14:53
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Cam - The DeLillo novel you're talking about is Underworld. It took me a while also. The set piece at the beginning runs for 60 pages...
Martian Law
Posted - 20 March 2017 14:55
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The Bible
Man from Del Monte
Posted - 20 March 2017 14:56
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maybe i'll take it to a beach cam.
DeSelby
Posted - 20 March 2017 14:56
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Not surprised to see Tristam Shandy featuring prominently.

Also: Moby Dick and (of course) Ulysses. Has anyone here actually finished the latter?
camenbert
Posted - 20 March 2017 14:56
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yeah, I got through that, but then couldn't be arsed with a bloke running in the desert(ish).
Even the great victorian novelists got on with it more than that...
DeSelby
Posted - 20 March 2017 14:58
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Catch-22 amazing when you're 15. Much harder work now (late thirties). His later books are awful!
stardust
Posted - 20 March 2017 15:13
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White Teeth
Of and Men

I will think of others.
sad banta
Posted - 20 March 2017 15:17
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SRA Handbook
sad banta
Posted - 20 March 2017 15:17
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Oh wait... finished