I loved Frobischer’s character in David Mitchell’s The Cloud Atlas. Everything about his characterization was perfect but I loved the “A half-read book is a half-finished love affair” line. I think it’s something every reader can relate to. Unless the book was by James Joyce, in which case it was almost certainly a dead-end relationship and you’re better off without it….
I will try reading Joyce’s books again one day. But I will need the world’s biggest cup of tea and a huge plate of biscuits to hand.
I have at least two — and possibly three — Joyce volumes where I barely cracked the spine. I used to read a blog by a slightly strange Austrian man who would occasionally produce fantastic thematic Joyce posts, which made me want to read JJ without any prior knowledge or understanding of what I was getting into. It was a shock to discover a book could be unreadable to me (worse than Henry James!).
I tried reading a load of Joyce before starting my undergraduate degree and about eighty pages in realised I couldn’t remember anything that I’d read. I’d be interested to see the Austrian man’s blog though, I do like eccentricity!