“This week’s musing, courtesy of “iamciska.tumbler.com“,asks…
What was the last book you could not finish and why?”
I usually finish any book I start, no matter how appalling the book is.
On the rare occasions when I do give up on a book, I mainly give it up if it is longwinded, if the story goes nowhere and I fail to see the purpose of it all.
The last time I gave up on a book was about a year ago. It was The Riddle of the Sands by Erskine Childers. The story even after 113 pages was going nowhere. The narrative was way too full of maritime details for my understanding. Descriptions of tides and sand banks and what not! It was supposed to be a spy thriller in the vein of John Buchan’s The Thirty-Nine Steps, one of my all time favourites, but sadly it turned out to be a dud. It was so boring! Nothing at all like The Thirty-Nine Steps.