Token post for Dumb Post Day (Friday) - World's Most Boring Book

Discussion in 'Et Cetera, Et Cetera' started by B_big dirigible, Feb 9, 2007.

  1. B_big dirigible

    B_big dirigible New Member

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    I'd like some titles of really boring books. You have to have actually read it. If it was too boring to finish it doesn't count - I'm interested in boring, not deadly.
     
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    Reading Lolita in Tehran by Azar Nafisi
     
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    Old Testament, New Testament, both pretty bad.
     
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    And it would be criminal not to mention The Good Earth by Pearl S. Buck.
     
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    Anything by Len Deighton . Or John Grisham.
     
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    Mr. Grisham is definitely over-rated, but he's not all boring. I think it's unfair to call him that, imo.
     
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    Great Expectations.
     
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    I can't read any of his books without dozing off, and I've read a lot of
    boring books. Technical manuals are the worst.
     
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    Lowells talk to Cabots, Cabots talk to God
    Dickens' Bleak House
     
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    finally something we can agree on.
     
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    Have you written one?
     
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    I was the only person in my 8th grade class that liked The Good Earth.
     
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    Some very ominous items so far, for sure.

    I'd have to go with The Great Devonian Controversy: The Shaping of Scientific Knowledge among Gentlemanly Specialists by Martin J. S. Rudwick (University of Chicago Press, 1985).

    It should have been interesting, but it turned out to be deadly. In 1831 Sedgwick started to unravel the stratigraphy of rocks in northern Wales, and organized them into what he called the Cambrian system. In the same year Murchison started sorting out the rocks in southern Wales, and called his system the Silurian. They started feuding over the area where the two proposed systems overlapped - the bottom of the Silurian and the top of the Cambrian - each trying to claim the rocks for his own system. Lots of politics, fireworks a-plenty, etc. In the end the Royal Society scrod them both, by taking the disputed strata and making them a new system, the Ordovician. Now this should have been interesting. (All right, not interesting for everybody, but still.) But somehow it wasn't. The title is a bit mysterious, too, as Sedgwick and Murchison agreed on the extent of the Devonian system - no controversy there.

    That book is maybe a tie with a big one on the history of the Second Sino-Japanese War. It was so tedious my memory has blanked out the title and author, evidently for my own protection. All I remember about it is that it was seriously heavy wading.
     
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    Finnegan's Wake. After several attempts, I still haven't finished it and don't plan to.
     
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    I remember reading Steinbeck's The Pearl and thinking "That's it?". Didn't understand all the fuss about him until I read Of Mice and Men.
     
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    Anything by Salman Rushdie, the only good thing he ever did was the jingle for the aero advert - 'unforgettabubble that's what you are, unforgettabubble milk chocolate bar', The Satanic Verses pale in comparison.
     
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    That's why I put in the requirement that one had to finish it. Without that, most near everyone's most boring book would be something by Joyce.

    Other books have boring stuff that readers often skip, like the technical stuff about whaling in Moby Dick, or the dwarf songs in Lord of the Rings. But those pale in comparison with a professional bore like Joyce.

    The only person I've met who claimed to have finished one of his - Ulysses, I think - was a bona-fide literature major, so I suppose he had to, just as a matter of semi-professional pride.
     
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    One that I've read lately that isn't boring so much as just unbeautifully written was The DaVinci Code. I wasn't expecting all that much, but I did at least expect decent literary turn of phrase. I sure won't be picking up any more of Mr. Brown's works.
     
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