From my list of books that I read, I take a look at five intimidating stories for Top 5 Wednesday [a Goodreads book meme]. My take on “intimidating” does not necessary fall under the thickness of the text but how tedious or slow building the plot flow or character development feels.
Let us dive into it:
5. Selected Poetry by Derek Walcott
A few poems stacked into one for English Literature that I just could not get my head around and it reflected on my grades at that time. It did not help that the poet is from my country and he wrote on topics reflecting his experiences and life in the West Indies. I am trained to analyse and interpret but every time I attempted to tackle some of the poems I failed miserably. In turn, I grew to dislike Walcott’s poetry and a block matured. It was not until last year that I saw some faint hope in understanding.
4. Romance Of Lust by Anonymous
A story which falls under my few ‘Did Not Finish’ reads because I could not cope with following a plot with no motive but merely a book porn version. It is an extreme erotica which did not make any sense.
3. Diaspora by Greg Egan
Sigh. I did not understand and get the premise of the story because it is in a genre that is way above my brightness: hard-core sci-fi (a genre for the brightest people 🙂 ).
2. Bleak House by Charles Dickens
Dickens is probably the master of a display of intriguing yet sometimes hard to follow long list of characters who all play a primary role in the story. I have about five more chapters of the Bleak House remaining unread and I feel every time I get back in the story, I stumble to connect the dots because there are so many characters and the story twist and turns. However, I shall finish – eventually.
1. The Bible by Various Men
I read different books within the Bible but I could never read the entire stories, no matter how many scheduling I tried for many years now. Some of the chapters, especially in the old testament are repetitive thus sucking the life out of the message.