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READING -- Books started but not finished

Attached is a list of books I've attempted to read on numerous occasions, but have never finished. There's something compelling that makes me want to read them, but for some reason I have not been able to get involved enough with them to reach the end. Maybe it's me, and maybe it's the book. In a few cases, these are works of considerable imagination, but where the fantasy seems to lose touch with reality, and I lose my bearings. In other cases, I feel some obligation to read a book because it has been so highly recommended or because I'm almost embarrassed not to have read it by now; but the reading is work rather than pleasure; it goes very slowly; and it's much easier to put the book down than to continue. Perhaps others have had similar experiences.

A surprising number of people have responded to the list of all the books I've read (which I thought would be of little interest to anyone but myself).  

Richard Seltzer,

Finnegan's Wake by James Joyce

The Education of Henry Adams by Henry Adams

The Magic Mountain by Thomas Mann

See Under: Love by David Grossman

Pierre by Herman Melville

Molloy by Samuel Beckett

Naked Lunch by William Burroughs

A Suitable Boy by Vikram Seth

A Frolic of His Own by William Gaddis

Christopher Unborn by Fuentes

A Vision by W. B. Yeats

The Dialogic Imagination by M. M. Bakhtin

Rabelais and His World by Mikhail Bakhtin

The Complete Poetry and Prose of William Blake

Being and Time by Martin Heidegger

Strangeness in My Mind by Orhan Pamuk

The Cantos of Ezra Pound

The Man Who Laughs (L'Homme qui rit) by Victor Hugo

The Odyssey, a Modern Sequel by Nikos Kazantzakis

O Lost (early draft of Look Homeward Angel) by Thomas Wolfe

Voyage au bout de la nuit by Louis Ferdinand Celine

Bradbury Stories by Ray Bradbury

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