Title of Book: Mason & Dixon
Author: Thomas Pynchon
A. Total pages: 773
B. Page reached: 326
Percent finished (divide B by A): 42%
What was happening on the page where you stopped? The man who gave Dixon the magic watch called the Chronometer that never has to be wound and was never to leave Dixon's side found out that it had been stolen and was mysteriously laughing like a maniac.
How long did you try to read the book? Three weeks.
Reason(s) for abandoning: Requires absolutely rigid concentration to even get through a page, and I feel like I "get it," it doesn't grab me anymore, it seems to be more about author's brilliance than about characters' story. My reading time is limited. I can't spend the whole summer turning 773 pages and after each one muttering, yes, you are very clever indeed, Mr. Pynchon, but caring less and less what happens to Mason and Dixon.
Have you abandoned a book by this author before? Yes, Gravity's Rainbow. And V.
For the same reasons? Pretty much.
Have you finished a book by this author before? Yes, The Crying of Lot 49 and Vineland.
Is there anything that would get you to finish the book? Well, sure, if Pynchon came over for dinner or a beer or something. Or consented to his first interview. Or let me take a picture of him.
Is there another book you're planning to read instead? Yes, Cloud Atlas. I started it last night and it seems to be what I was looking for when I picked up Mason & Dixon.
Do you think you'll ever try again and finish the book? Maybe in a different phase of life. Retirement maybe.