Beckham, Rowling books among hardest to finish: poll
[ 2007-03-14 08:45 ]
Real Madrid footballer David Beckham holds up
his autobiography "My Side" in
Madrid, September 2006.
Bestsellers by Bill Clinton, J.K. Rowling and David Beckham are among
the books Britons find hardest to finish reading, according to a survey
Although the average reader spends more than 4,000 pounds (5,890 euros,
7,760 dollars) on books in their lifetime, 55 percent admit they buy them
for decoration and have no intention of reading them.
Topping the list of unfinishable fiction is "Vernon God Little" by DBC
Pierre, which 35 percent said they could not plough through, followed by Rowling's "Harry
Potter And The Goblet Of Fire" at two (32 percent).
"Ulysses" by James Joyce (28 percent) was at three and Salman Rushdie's
"The Satanic Verses" -- which prompted Iranian spiritual leader Ayatollah
Ruhollah Khomeini to issue a fatwa, or death sentence, against him in
1989 -- is at number six (21 percent).
The non-fiction list was led by the memoirs of former British Cabinet
minister David Blunkett (35 percent), followed by ex United States
president Clinton's 1024-page autobiography "My Life" (30 percent).
Real Madrid star Beckham's "My Side", the fastest-selling autobiography
of all time in Britain, comes in third (27 percent).
The survey also found that only 24 percent of people find time to read
every day, with 48 percent saying that they were too tired to do so.
Researchers commissioned by television news service Teletext
interviewed 4,000 people.
名列小说类“最难读完书籍”排行榜之首的是DBC 皮埃尔创作的小说《Vernon God
plough through : 读完
fatwa : 追杀令；死刑