By Caitlin Kelly
The fines alone for keeping this book out of library too long — I could have bought it.
And, too ironic, the title: The Sense of an Ending by Julian Barnes.
It’s not even a very long book. I tried!
I just didn’t care about any of the characters. I didn’t find the plot, such as it was, compelling. Nor was the writing especially beautiful.
And it won the 2011 Booker Prize. Oh, well.
I just saw a friend’s post saying she couldn’t finish Donna Tartt’s latest, The Goldfinch.
I’ve tried several times to penetrate Bel Canto, by Ann Patchett and gave up.
I put off for years reading The Master and Margarita by Bulgakov, but couldn’t put it down and loved it.
What book(s) have you simply given up on halfway through — and why?