Dear readers, I only have 11 more months in my 30s. I will not be spending more of them on David Copperfield.
I don’t love all of Dickens’ work, but expected to be transported by this book. Hannah and I decided to read it together. We slogged through it for long stretches of December. Finally, last week, I looked up from page 311 and called a DTR.
In case you missed college, a DTR is when one party initiates a discussion about where the relationship is headed. In short order, Hannah and I decided to dump David Copperfield.
Yes, I understand, the book is a classic. But it’s also sappy, tiresome, repetitive, frowsy, and overblown to the point of extreme annoyance. It was not inspiring us to love truth and beauty, write better prose, or learn more about conditions in Victorian England. And if you’ve been with me long, you know that there are few things I enjoy more than the chance to learn more about England. This book just wasn’t doing it for us.
Having put in over 300 pages, I felt like we had given this one a solid go. We didn’t abandon it lightly. But life is short, and excellent books are myriad, so abandon David Copperfield we did.
What books have you decided not to finish lately?
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