Tuesday, September 4, 2007

It never ends

I’m a born quitter. Thankless jobs, lackluster friendships, irritating summer drama programs – I’ve quit them all. One of the few activities I’ve ever persevered at is reading. When I start a book, I finish it. For the past few years, I’ve been trying to spread the stick-to-itivness I have with reading to other aspects of my life and I’ve been somewhat successful.

So I now find myself at a crossroads, because I’ve started this book called Infinite Jest by David Foster Wallace. I’d been told it’s good; I think it’s kind of a modern classic. It’s also 981 pages. With small print. And big words. I’m thinking I might stop reading it.

Is this a bad thing? Am I weak? Is there a time when sometimes you need to surrender and throw in the towel for the sake of everyone involved? Tell me what you think, dear readers.



(Also, if anyone has read Infinite Jest, can you tell me if it gets better/easier to understand as you get further in?)

2 comments:

Red said...

I read a quote once about life being too short to read books you are not really into. If I get 100 pages in and have a hard time wanting to read more, I just leave off...

Danielle said...

I realize this post was written almost 9 months ago and you've probably already made the decision to either stick with it or drop the book. But on the off chance you're still reading it...

Gone are the days when we were forced to suffer through Shakespeare and Dickens. (No offense to those who like reading literature written in Old English--I was never the Jane Austen type.) Being able to choose what you read is a luxury in my opinion, and I say you leave the book alone. If you don't find it interesting, don't force yourself to read it. The only book I ever voluntarily forced myself to finish was "He's Just Not That Into You," and it was because I knew that if I didn't, my roommate would've asked me to move out. (There was only so much "but he can't mean it, right?" that she could take.) Get yourself a Barnes & Noble membership card and go to town.