you never can tell

Musing Mondays (Aug.20)

This week’s Musing Mondays from Should Be Reading asks…

“This week’s musing asks…

Have you ever reread a book and found that your opinion changed?

It has happened to me on more than one occasion. But right now two of  George Bernard Shaw’s plays, Arms and the Man and You Never Can Tell, come to mind. As a precocious pre-teen, I managed to get my hands on all of my dad’s books and read them repeatedly. I still love Shaw’s Candida and Mrs. Warren’s Profession. But Arms and the Man and You Never Can Tell, I have grown less and less fond of over the years.

Arms and the Man is entertaining but all of the characters are so insincere that after a while it gets really, really trying.

I don’t like romance and You Never Can Tell has quite a bit of that. Shaw’s idea of romance frankly irritates me. All that flirting and trying to gain advantage over each other as if they were enemies makes me really annoyed.  The character of Dr. Valentine annoyed me. Falling in love at first sight with the beautiful but utterly unsuitable Miss Clandon and then being afraid at the prospect of actually getting married to her exasperated me to no end. Something about You Never Can Tell makes me uncomfortable. Perhaps it is Mr. Crampton’s rough aggressiveness and bitter loneliness or perhaps it is the rather inhuman way all of his children behave.

Musing Mondays (July 9)

This week’s Musing Mondays from Should Be Reading asks…

“This week’s musing asks…

Have you ever read a book that, at the time, you didn’t feel a strong connection towards, but as time goes by you find yourself thinking about it a lot?

This doesn’t happen to me too often. If I can’t connect to a book the first time, there is a chance I might never connect with it at all.

The exact opposite has happened more than once. I use to like a particular book but as time went by I started disliking it. This happened with two of George Bernard Shaw’s plays Arms and the Man and You Never Can Tell. I used to like them but now they just irritate me.

Great Expectations by Charles Dickens is a book I’ve grown fonder of over the years. I did like it when I read it the first time some eight years ago. But today as a (hopefully!) more matured individual I understand and love the book much better.

30 Day Book Challenge

Day 20: A book I used to Love but Don’t Anymore

               

Arms and the Man/You Never Can Tell by George Bernard Shaw.

It is a toss up between Arms and the Man and You Never Can Tell. As a precocious pre-teen, I managed to get my hands on all of my dad’s books and read them repeatedly. I still love Shaw’s Candida and Mrs. Warren’s Profession. But Arms and the Man and You Never Can Tell, I have grown less and less fond of over the years.

Arms and the Man is entertaining but all of the characters are so insincere that after a while it gets really, really trying.

I don’t like romance and You Never Can Tell has quite a bit of that. Shaw’s idea of romance frankly irritates me. All that flirting and trying to gain advantage over each other as if they were enemies makes me really annoyed.  The character of Dr. Valentine annoyed me. Falling in love at first sight with the beautiful but utterly unsuitable Miss Clandon and then being afraid at the prospect of actually getting married to her exasperated me to no end. Something about You Never Can Tell makes me uncomfortable. Perhaps it is Mr. Crampton’s rough aggressiveness and bitter loneliness or perhaps it is the rather inhuman way all of his children behave.