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    Have you ever tried to read really difficult books etc?
    I have tried, recently, in the hope such activity would help me develop a tolerable writing style.
    I decided an attempt to read some work from a couple of famous Irish writers might be a useful approach.
    I studied two books by James Joyce - Ulysses and Finnegan's Wake.
    I also attempted to read the play, Waiting for Godot, by Samuel Beckett.
    I was disturbed to find my optimism was badly misplaced as I found these works almost impossible to understand.
    Has anyone else found themselves to be in this position?
    A rather arrogant work colleague suggested I read again my last book (Dianetics by L Ron Hubbard) as this would be a better fit for any abilities I might possess.


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    I tried to read Robinson Crusoe by Daniel Defoe once because it was a classic literary work. I gave up after like ten pages. It was so tedious to understand and was just a terrible read in my opinion. I also hate 1984 by George Orwell but that is more because of how it ends so pointlessly.


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    My reading ability deteriorated so badly over the years that I sought some easy reading material to rekindle the flame.

    Jonathan Livingstone Seagull and similar books were easy for me to get through and assimilate. (I might try Spike Milligan again)

    I did manage to read some Joseph O'Connor though- although it took at least a month....

    Hemingway** defeated me ,not so much for the dense prose as for the dullness of spirit.

    **As did Joyce in Finnegan's Wake (not for dullness of spirit,though)
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    I enjoyed reading the Da Vinci Code by Dan Brown and consider it to be a fine piece of work!
    Some other disagree.
    Salam Rushdie commented it was so bad it gave other bad novels a good name.
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    Quote Originally Posted by cameron buttle View Post
    I enjoyed reading the Da Vinci Code by Dan Brown and consider it to be a fine piece of work!
    Some other disagree.
    Salam Rushdie commented it was so bad it gave other bad novels a good name.
    I enjoy the conspiracy elements of Dan Brown's books, but I find his writing style to be atrocious. The one page chapters and stuff like that drive me nuts, but the plots make up for it by keeping me interested enough to see what happens. I just hate how he tries to pass off fringe stuff as fact.
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    The only books I find difficult to read are by women authors and these days I don't even attempt to pick one up. That also goes for pop science books by women.
    I think that applies to nearly all men.
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    No misogyny there at all.......
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    Quote Originally Posted by ox View Post
    The only books I find difficult to read are by women authors and these days I don't even attempt to pick one up. That also goes for pop science books by women.
    I think that applies to nearly all men.
    It does not apply for nearly all men. Jeez. I'm a man and some of my favorite authors are women. Patricia Briggs, JK Rowling, Lish McBride, JC Cervantes, and the list goes on. Why does it matter if the author is female? There are good writers and bad writers and it's totally unrelated to their sex or gender.
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    Ox is entitled to his opinion... It's just unfortunate that every opinion he expresses confirms he's a jerk...
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    Let's hear it then for the nasty name caller.

    On the subject of JK Rowling (who disguised her identity), reading Harry Potter is going to prevent you reading something far more useful. It's for kids not adults.
    If adults want to read intelligent kids' books there are a few. Treasure Island would be my favourite and it's by a man.
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    That use of a pseudonym is irrelevant, and i have a number of women authors I like a well. Lillian Jackson Brawn, Janet evanovich, and marissa Meyer.

    And at what age do you dictate that people are not allowed to read for pleasure anymore?

    I suspect you have not actually read the harry potter series anyways, given your misogyny towards women authors.
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