Blog Hop: Missing the Ending?

book blogger hopThis week’s Book Blogger Hop question: Have you ever ended up reading a book with its last or last few pages missing? What book was it? And how did you manage to get the end?

I’m pretty sure this has never happened to me, which says something good about the reliability of my library (and the sellers of used books on Amazon).  However, I do have a similar story to share…

I have about 45 battered paperbacks by Edgar Rice Burroughs, picked up from all sorts of different places, and I think all of their pages are intact…except one.  My copy of Tarzan of the Apes starts on page 13, missing any title pages and the first half of Chapter One.  I’ve known this for years–but I’ve never taken any steps to do anything about it.

You see, Tarzan starts slowly.  It’s odd, because there’s a mutiny going on, but even still, the first few chapters are dull.  The story doesn’t get really interesting until the last page of Chapter Three.  So somehow I contrived to be very fortunate–of all the pages of all the books I could stand to spare, it’s definitely these few I can live without!

Do you have any books with missing pages?  Or are there any books you think you could easily lose part of without distress? 🙂

5 thoughts on “Blog Hop: Missing the Ending?

  1. dianem57

    Great story! How fortuitous that the book with pages missing has a slow start so you actually don’t miss anything important.

  2. Dennis

    Your coment about Tarzan of the Apes starting slow iis accurate; in fact, you’re being polite. The first two chapters are boring. This leads to advice for any of your blog readers who might want to read that book but haven’t done so yet. If you’re tempted to put it down in the beginning, stay with it until the apes get into the story. It picks up the pace immediately after that, and turns into one of the most exciting reads in 20th century literature. You just have to slog through those first couple of chapters.

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