Observations from my weekly wanderings, usually in Northern Virginia (NOVA).
No – not DNF – not books I didn’t finish, but rather, books the author didn’t finish writing.
Do you ever read these?
I ask because I am contemplating my TBR AFTER my 100 Greatest Novels Quest is complete, and there are a couple books I’m considering that are unfinished, but I’m not sure I want to make the investment.
I’ve wanted to read all of Charles Dickens’ novels, but I am wondering if should I read the unfinished Mystery of Edwin Drood. Ironically, Dickens was writing this, his last novel, and only mystery, when he passed away – leaving it a true mystery.
I would think reading an unfinished novel would be rather disappointing. I think reading an unfinished mystery would be maddening.
The other book I’m considering is Robert Musil’s The Man Without Qualities.
I’m leaning toward passing on unfinished books. I think they might be worthy endeavors for scholarly study, but for the pleasure of reading – not so much. But before I make a hasty decision, I thought I’d poll my readers.
Anyone have any experience with either of these? Or other unfinished works? What did you think? Was it worth it?