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  •  Agreed! (4+ / 0-)
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    cfk, Youffraita, Robert Fuller, shari
    There are some big, slow slogs that are just plain worth all of the aggravation.
    Some people (I was one of them) also get stuck at the beginning of One Hundred Years of Solitude.  But after a few pages, it's a delight all the way through.
    •  I see a Bookflurries topic (3+ / 0-)
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      shari, cfk, Monsieur Georges

      Big Slow Slogs...

      ...you're glad you read

      or

      ...you regret you read.

      •  I think I could pass up (3+ / 0-)
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        cfk, Radiowalla, RiveroftheWest

        a Big Slow Slog if I sensed that that was all it was.

        I once got a book for Christmas (and I had asked for it) called A Diary of the Century: Tales by America's Greatest Diarist, by a fellow named Edward Robb Ellis.  He was a "great diarist" for sure, at least in the sense that he wrote down everything every day.  Now, this guy lived in New York, and had met many famous people, so the book sounded like a name dropper's treasure trove.

        It didn't take me long to realize that Ellis wrote nothing interesting about any of these people.  He had no sense of what might be revealing or entertaining.

        Long story short, I rarely finish any long slog I'm likely to regret later.

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