The John Galt character's 45 page speech is an experience that can only be described as painful. It took me two days to read his speech, because I had to keep stopping and doing other things, to restrain myself from gouging my eyes out.
When I was feeling particularly bogged down, I turned to facebook to see what other people do in this situation...
(someone else added the choice, "Skip to the end to see if the middle is worth it" I do not endorse the 'skipping ahead' or 'reading the end first' methods of book reading, but if you do this I will still love you.)
I was very surprised to see how many people are able to put a book down and not look back. I have only done this with three books in my whole life, and if I allow myself to think about them, I still wonder what happened in the end.
All those lovely words begging to be read.
Thomas told me that my poll reminded him of something he heard on the radio earlier that day. (While he is at work, he listens to the Philips Phile, a local talk radio show that mostly drives me crazy.) The main talker (DJ? not dj, because they don't play music...what is the right word? Talk show host?) announced to the world that he stops reading books with only 10 pages left if he is done with the story.
How do you just stop reading with only 10 PAGES LEFT?
There should be rules. Laws!
Without the last ten pages of Jane Eyre, Jane and Mr. Rochester would never get married. Without the last ten pages of The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe, the Pevensie children would live in Narnia forever, never returning to our world. Every book by Agatha Christie would be ruined....oh and Sir Arthur Conan Doyle's Sherlock Holmes....loosing the last ten pages would destroy Sherlock Holmes.
I can only hope that this man does not read mysteries.
I can bend my mind around the idea that a book just isn't for you and you don't keep going, even though I am driven to finish the whole thing (one friend said she gives a book 100 pages to suck her in before she puts it down), but the idea that you would read all the way to the last ten pages and never finish....that is incomprehensible to me.
-When you are reading a book that you aren't loving, do you finish it, or can you put it down and walk away?
-Have you ever stopped reading a book with only 10 pages left to the end?