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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. (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.
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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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