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Most Boring Book on the Planet?

post #1 of 202
Thread Starter 
Personally, I hated George Eliot's Middlemarch.

Anyone have any books that bored the tears out of them?
post #2 of 202
I just can't get myself through Tolstoy's War and Peace.
-Sunshine
post #3 of 202
moby dick.

the only book -- in my years of school and college -- that i didn't get through.

one of very very very few book i have ever giving up on.

trust me, i will read anything.
post #4 of 202
Nearly everything I had to read in American Lit. minus the opulent Great Gatsby. I shall single out The Grapes of Wrath as the most dull book I've ever had the misfortune of setting my eyes upon.
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"The Island of the Day Before" (by Eco) and "One Hundred Years of Solitude" (Marquez) could battle it out for the title, but they would both end up sound asleep. Like pp said, I'll read ANYTHING and I wouldn't read those if I was on a desert island with them. Okay, so I probably would at some point, but I wouldn't like it.
post #6 of 202
My Antonia, by Willa Cather.
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wow- i LOVED grapes of wrath!! boring books - yeah, i'd include many of my university texts ... do they count? pride and prejudice - must've started that book 20 times. i'm gonna give it another try though.

mandi
post #8 of 202
I hated - The Old Man and the Sea - I know people loved it but I hate boats & fishing and it just made me want to scream....

Also, the Dress Lodger was pretty awful...

BJ
Barney & Ben
post #9 of 202
Emma. just thinking about the book makes me

I did finish it, though. My thought on the last page was, "well, there's a week of my life I'll never get back."

f'arms
post #10 of 202

That's sooo funny!!!

I was scrolling down the forums list & I saw your title of "The most boring book ever". I just had to click on over to see what you thought...

MIDDLEMARCH!!! I sooo totally agree. If you are ever going through bouts of insomia, I recommend trying to read Middlemarch. I never could read more than 10 pages without falling asleep.

Another one is Swan's Way by Marcel Proust. That man could make a single sentence last 2 pages!!! I had to re-read everything because I kept getting lost between the semi-colons.
post #11 of 202
Y'all are hurtin' ma feelings! You're listing some of my favorite books! My Antonia, Grapes of Wrath, Emma, Pride and Prejudice???!! Sigh.

Ok..couldn't get through Life of Pi. Hmm..oh, wait..ANYTHING by William Faulkner.
post #12 of 202
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Originally Posted by peypeymama
Another one is Swan's Way by Marcel Proust. That man could make a single sentence last 2 pages!!! I had to re-read everything because I kept getting lost between the semi-colons.
This is definitely not a book that can be put down for long periods of time and then picked up again later, that's for sure! It took me a little while, but I grew to love Proust.

On the other hand, Joyce's Ulysses I'm still having a difficult time with after a decade and wonder if I'll ever get through it with any understanding whatsoever, much to the chagrin of the rabid Joyce fans that I know. :LOL
post #13 of 202
Dr. Zhivago. I had to read it for high school english and it just about killed me. I think I only read 2/3 of it and then fudged the rest of the report off some guy I was dating :

Lisa
post #14 of 202
Nankay - sort of funny after what I said about boats & fishing but I sort of liked "The Life of Pi" Who knows???
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I first read One Hundred Years of Solitude at 15, and have reread it a few times since then... I rarely read fiction at all, but I love his stuff. Love in the Time of Cholera was also good, and News of a Kidnapping, although that's not really fiction.

Fiction in general bores the hell out of me, though, with the exception of some sci fi, some kid/teen stuff, and Barbara Kingsolver and Gabriel Garcia Marquez.

I've never read books that bored me, though. Even in school, I just wouldn't.

Dar
post #16 of 202
Anything by William Faulkner.



I do not care how many Pulitzers he won; I did not give them to him.
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Originally Posted by Nankay
.....ANYTHING by William Faulkner.
Just saw your post, and ITA!!

post #18 of 202
I had to read Plato, Aristotle, Machiavelli, Rousseau, Marx, and Hobbes for Political Theory at UCLA.

The class was two hours of lecture in a lecture hall...725 students in the class, and two hours with a teaching assistant to explain the lecture. :



The worst theorist in that lineup to read was Thomas Hobbes, The Leviathan. After I read it, I still did not know what he said.

I would have preferred to read Thomas Locke rather than Hobbes. :Puke


post #19 of 202
i agree i dislike hemingway -- and old man was sooooooooooooooooo bad (poorly writting imo). buttttttt still in 2nd for me.

Course, i like Austin.

To each our own.....

Aimee
post #20 of 202
Thread Starter 
There's actually a book that could help with that -- Nathaniel Philbrick's In the Heart of the Sea: The Tragedy of the Whaleship Essex. It's about the shipwrecked sailors whose boat was stove in by a whale. The sailors later had to commit cannibalism to survive, lost out in the Pacific for 93 days. Really, really gripping book.

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moby dick.

the only book -- in my years of school and college -- that i didn't get through.

one of very very very few book i have ever giving up on.

trust me, i will read anything.
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