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Confession time

June 4, 2010

I have never:

  • Read P.G. Wodehouse.
  • Finished Lord of the Rings. (Seen the movies… does that count for something?)
  • Read Dorothy Sayers, though people keep telling me I should.
  • Read the Cliffs notes to anything I haven’t also read in full. (It was desperation that drove me to the notes for Anna Karenina– I misread my AP English syllabus and didn’t realize I had to have it read, the same weekend my friend from Texas was in town. I read the book later.)
  • Finished reading the Chronicles of Narnia. I haaated Prince Caspian. So thus far I have read The Lion the Witch and the Wardrobe, and The Magician’s Nephew, but nothing else.
  • Read anything by Faulkner.

What about you– where are your literary lacks and confessions?

4 Comments leave one →
  1. June 4, 2010 10:06 am

    Of that list, it’s the Dorothy Sayers I think you will appreciate best, particularly the Harriet Vane books. Strong Poison, Have His Carcase, Gaudy Night/i>, and Busman’s Honeymoon are simply BEAUTIFUL. The mystery plots are good, and the relationships are even better. (I’m not sure you will appreciate Wimsey so much on his own without Harriet, but his relationship with Harriet is full of excellent swoon.)

    (Though you might try a smattering of that Wodehouse before starting on Sayers — at least Carry On, Jeeves — partly because Wodehouse is the granddaddy of pretty much all 20th-century British comedy, and partly because Peter Wimsey is very much a fangirl’s response to Bertie Wooster.)

    In my old age (ha) I can acknowledge that The Lord of the Rings isn’t for everyone, though I admit I’m a little baffled by your Narnia fail. I would recommend giving at least The Voyage of the Dawn Treader a try because it’s often people’s favorite, and The Horse and His Boy because I suspect it might end up being YOUR favorite.

  2. Keri permalink
    June 4, 2010 11:27 am

    I second the rec of The Horse and His Boy, it has such a completely separate story and characters. I’m always hard pressed to pick between Dawn Treader and Horse and His Boy as my favorite. Prince Caspian is kind of slow and plodding. 😉

    I’ve read plenty of Cliff’s Notes for things I never finished, because most of my school reading I cheated on. I never finished anything by Thomas Hardy or Victor Hugo. I haven’t read Dumas, which my brother still finds baffling as he blew through everything the guy wrote in, like, a single summer. (He’s also surely sad that I haven’t ever finished the Wodehouse omnibus he has. That kid – he watched the Masterpiece Jeeves and Wooster and then read them all.)

    I’ve never read any Agatha Christie, although I love the PBS Mystery! productions.

  3. Chris L permalink
    June 5, 2010 8:32 am

    I second the Tolkien – fell off after the Hobbit – tho surprised about you. And as you know I hate all things Potter, but am not ashamed.

    My shame list:

    Never finished Gravity’s Rainbow
    Loved bits of Pale Fire, but haven’t gone deeper
    Never got through Michael Herr’s big Vietnam book
    Ditto The Second Sex

    But most shamefully…

    Doris Kearns Goodwin’s Team of Rivals has been sitting on my shelf, hugely unread, for two years.


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