It's been a very long time since my last book review.
And this particular book has been sitting on my side bar for a long time.
But, okay, here's the confession...
I didn't read it.
I tried. I really did. The title, Far from the Maddening Crowd, just sounds so intriguing and appealing. It was another 1800s English literature book, which I usually just love.
So I really did try.
But I was only able to get about 5 chapters in before I called it quits. Which makes this book only the second book that I have started to read and not finished. The other book is Lord Jim, by Joseph Conrad. I still plan on reading that book, mostly because I loved Heart of Darkness so much. But when I started reading Lord Jim was in the middle of my clinicals during third year of medical school, and I did not have enough reserve brain power to devote to the book at the time.
But I digress.
Why did I not continue to read this book?
Because it was the most tedious thing I have ever tried to read.
Long, drawn-out descriptions of dogs, or farming, or tools. Pages upon pages of conversations at taverns. With so little character and plot development by chapter 5 I just couldn't take it anymore.
It had none of the appeal and entertainment of Austen, or moodiness of Bronte, or wit of Dickens.
Plus, it also had a chauvinistic thread through it that grated on my nerves.
I'm sure that there is someone out there that has read this book. And possibly even liked it. If you know of a reason I should pick this book back up and finish it, let me know.