Lately it seems I pick up quite a lot of books that turn out to be a DNF. I tried so hard to read (and like) “The mysteries of Udolpho” which is a book I have been wanting to read for a long time, actually ever since reading “Northanger Abbey”. The Gothic Reading Challenge was the perfect opportunity to finally tackle it.
According to Goodreads I started reading that book on June 26. You want to know how far I got? To page 48!
I was willing, I compared covers, I told you the book beginning, Udolpho turned up on my monthly reading lists – to no avail. That book is so long winded, it defies description. Admittedly, at 880 pages I didn’t expect it to go medias in res, but the descriptions of scenery bored the hell out of me, and I didn’t want to read through 200 pages of them before the gothic “horror” would start. If it ever started I don’t know.
I think it’s time to say good bye to it and just face the fact that the mysteries of Udolpho will remain a mystery to me.