This took me so long to read considering it’s quite a short book and to be honest I think I know why. I did not enjoy it. By the end I was dying for it to be over so I could start something new. It’s not that it was absolutely terrible but I think it just didn’t appeal to me which I am a little surprised about because it had so many elements which should have had me hooked.
It had strange new worlds with different people and exciting voyages which have always appealed to me in the past but something turned me off with this book. I’m not altogether sure what that was. Was it the annoying protagonist? The not so subtle sexist remarks about women? The boring political references to England’s government at the time the book was written? The blatant disregard the main character had for his wife and family who he regularly abandoned throughout the book to go on dangerous and usually unsuccessful voyages? A combination of all these things methinks.
One of the first classic novels that had such a good reputation that I didn’t enjoy. I didn’t love Frankenstein but I could still appreciate what was good about it. This I’m struggling with to be honest. I’d say that maybe I need to re-read it but the thought of that actually gives me shivers of fear and revulsion!!