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Did you ever throw a book across the room?

Discussion in 'General Book Discussion' started by Violanthe, Nov 16, 2005.

  1. Tiffany

    Tiffany New Member

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    Exactly...I was reading Ulysses in the bathtub and left the copy in the bathroom. It ended up getting pushed around on the floor until one of my friends noticed it and gave me lip for keeping a copy of THE BEST BOOK EVER WRITTEN [...] I said that's where Joyce would have kept it because he'd have opted to use it as toilet paper...
    Anyhow, I have used books as weapons before (the Cambridge Guide to Victorian Lit. thrown at an ex-boyfriend) and sent Faulkner's Absalom! Absalom! flying out of sheer frustration. I am always caught between the object-worship aspect of books and wanting to incorperate them into "real" life functions. So, some of my books are in pristine condition on high shelves, and some are being used to prop open windows.
     
  2. Violanthe

    Violanthe New Member

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    That's why I like the library. Return them when I'm done. Don't have to see them again if I don't like them
     
  3. CattiGuen

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    Currently Reading:
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    The North and South by Elizabeth Gaskell.

    ..............my mouth is still foaming.:mad:
     
  4. raffaellabella

    raffaellabella New Member

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    Oooh, how many marks are on my walls. Once I came close to hitting my cat (bad aim) with the first Harry Potter book. I got through 7 pages before I flung it across the room. My next thought was to email amazon.co.uk to get a refund. :p
     
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    I've trown books across my room, not because I didn't like it or the plot didn't turn the way I wanted to. But I've trown books in anger, we have all been teenager......
     
  6. pink shadow

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    I don't remember if I actually threw it, but I should have: The Mysteries of Udolpho by Ann Radcliffe. It's the most tedious, boring, mind-numbing book in existence, and I would never have read it in the first place if it wasn't for this class I was taking on the Gothic Novel. If anyone has been considering reading it, let me spare you the time. Here's how it goes:

    First 200 pages:
    "A tree! Alas, I must cry!"
    "A boat! Alas I must cry"
    etc

    Next 500 pages (yes, it's 700 pages long, but it feels like 7000)
    "A corpse! No it was just a horse"
    "Another corpse! No it was just a painting"
    etc

    You get the idea? Don't read it!
     
  7. Violanthe

    Violanthe New Member

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    What, exactly, bothered you about it?
     
  8. raffaellabella

    raffaellabella New Member

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    It's childish, even for a children's book, and badly written. I haven't any problem with the Harry Potter films. The latest was the best so far because I felt it had that wonderful, dry British humor.
     
  9. Violanthe

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    "badly written" in what sense?
     
  10. raffaellabella

    raffaellabella New Member

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    Badly written in the sense that it hurt me to read it.:D Seriously, writing, like films, should be musical in the sense that there is a rythym. Rowlings writing doesn't. Her characters are cute and the storyline is interesting but I don't think she's a strong writer.
     
  11. Bountyhunter

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    Philip K. Dick's Lies, Inc.
     
  12. Violanthe

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    Can you give me a more specific example? What kinds of phrases, for instance, tip off your sensors for bad writing?
     
  13. raffaellabella

    raffaellabella New Member

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    No, I can't and if my initial post wasn't clear for you then I apologize.
     
  14. Isabell

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    Last year I was reading "The Historian" and I was up in my bedroom in the dark with the Light Wedge. There was a part in it that scared the shit out of me at the same exact time that my window rattled in the wind.

    I threw the book and it hit my closet door and make a loud clunky noise.
     
  15. Dharma

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    No, but "Sons and Lovers" had a close call... It was the first time I thought about burning a book (oh, wait, no, that was when I tried to read "portrait of an artist as a young man"...).

    Dharma
     
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    happened me once :)
     

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