Quote me on that… a half-finished book

A half-read book is a half-finished love affair

Image based on an original by Jain Basil Aliyas under the terms of Creative Commons license.

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.

2 thoughts on “Quote me on that… a half-finished book

  1. orange

    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!).

    1. Siobhan Post author

      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!


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