I am finally giving up on these two books:
- Brave New World Revisited by Aldous Huxley
- Atlas Shrugged by Ayn Rand
I had planned to read both these books for The Classics Club reading challenge, but I am finding that both are beyond me, and there’s no point trying to finish completely uninteresting books just to be obstinate.
Brave New World Revisited was a mistake from start to finish. I had read Brave New World, loved the book and picked this up without even thinking twice. Only after I started reading did I realize that this is not a sequel to Brave New World as I had assumed.
Instead, it is a series of essays by Huxley where he attempts to analyze the events in his Brave New World with the actual events of today (or rather when he wrote BNW Revisited). It’s not very interesting, truth be told, and when my eyes started glazing over, I knew it was time to give it up.
I don’t even think it should be listed as a classic at all (my mistake), and I will be removing this off my Classic list and replacing it with something else. Any recommendations?
Atlas Shrugged was me having high ambitions and not enough time to actually devote to reading such a chunkster.
To add to it, the story seems dull, it’s not that well-written, and the small font in my copy of the book was a strain on my eyes. I went about 200 pages in and just don’t have enough interest to pick it up again.
Thank goodness, these are library books so I can happily return them back to the library without any shopper’s guilt.
I usually try to finish most books I start on, so it kind of sucks that these books were so not for me that I couldn’t even bother to try. Maybe, I will pick up an Audible copy and see if audio works better, but I don’t count on it.
So, have you read and loved these books? If you do, leave me a convincing comment telling me why I should persevere. For now, I am happily bidding farewell to them :), and will probably pick up classics that are a bit more to my taste.