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gyp
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Update! After GY and Boris's comments about the Glass Bead Game I went back and gave it another shot. And it is a very readable book that I quite enjoyed. I think the reason I gave up the first time was just down to my disinterest in the characters. It seems like it's much more a book of ideas than a particularly compelling narrative. Anyway, I'm glad I was convinced to give it another shot.

Now what about Foucault's Pendulum? Is it worth the struggle?

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Gangster Octopus
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I started Run Rabbit by John Updike a few years ago, and lost interest in the total wanker of a main character within a hundred pages or so. I've never bothered to have another go.
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The Batebe of Toro Foundation
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Yeah, i've had a few goes at that myself.

It's poo, isn't it? Why on earth should we give a shit about this self-regarding twat?

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I had that problem with Portnoy's Complaint. "But... this bloke's just a wanker!"

I do think the Rabbit books are brilliant but I can see your point.

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Should I try (yet) again?
Yeah, honestly. The first chapter is sort of the scene setter, describing your man's domestic life, the actual plot proper doesn't start until he goes to visit a government man in Chapter Two, and then all manner of madness kicks in from Chapter Three onwards. I won't tell you any more.

It's completely fantastic, seriously. Give it another go.

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Agree with Boris on Gormenghast. Couldn't read more than a hundred pages. The same was true of Don Quixote.

The last couple of books that I've finished but really shouldn't have bothered with because they are so indescribably dull and difficult were "A Heartbreaking Work..." by Dave Eggars and "A Book Of Memories" by Peter Nadas.

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Gormenghast is dense and oppressive, so I can see how it's difficult if you're not in the right frame of mind. Definitely worth the effort though, although the third book, when Titus goes out into the world, requires a considerable shift in the reader's attitude. After all that dark medievalism, it's a shock to find them driving around in motor cars.

The same is true of Don Quixote, although I am led to believe that the recent translation - which I haven't read - is much easier going (and manages to be so without losing any of the atmospherics).

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