Another damned thick book! Always scribble, scribble, scribble! Eh, Mr. Gibbon?
Prince William upon being presented by Gibbon with a copy of a volume in Gibbon’s Decline and Fall of the Roman Empire
My co-blogger Darwin Catholic has an intriguing post on the subject of books that a reader is supposed to like but didn’t. Go here to read his post. My response:
Piers the Plowman-Never have been able to make my way through that boring field.
Conan Doyle’s Sherlock Holmes stories-I attempted to read them when young but got stuck in A Study in Scarlet. The odd thing is that I love Holmes as a character in film and in books written by other authors which feature Holmes.
Stranger in a Strange Land-I have read everything Heinlein wrote and I was saddened to read the story that began his “dirty old pervert” phase.
Douglas Southall Freeman’s Lee’s Lieutenants-I made it through all three volumes on the third attempt. Freeman’s erudition is vast and his scholarship impeccable, but he managed a near impossible feat: he made the Civil War seem dull to me.
Utopia-Perhaps it reads better in the Latin.
Kipling novels-I adore Kipling the poet. Kipling the novelist leaves me colder than a dead mackerel.
Paul Johnson’s America-I loved Johnson the British historian. I found this volume pedestrian and error filled. It is always a mistake to read a favorite historian when he writes a volume on a subject where your knowledge is evidently superior.
Burke’s essays and monographs-I love Burke’s speeches and quote them frequently. I can never make my way through his other writings with the splendid exception of his immortal Reflections on the Revolution in France.
Join in. What books did you think you would like that disappointed you?