Booking Through Thursday question: What, in your opinion, is the best book that you haven’t liked? Mind you, I don’t mean your most-hated book–oh, no. I mean the most accomplished, skilled, well-written, impressive book that you just simply didn’t like.Like, for movies–I can acknowledge that Citizen Kane is a tour de force and is all sorts of wonderful, cinematically speaking, but . . . I just don’t like it. I find it impressive and quite an accomplishment, but it’s not my cup of tea. So . . . what book (or books) is your Citizen Kane?
First, I must say I’m shocked and appalled at some of the choices others have made:
- Sprite: 1984
- Aspiring Geek: The Great Gatsby
- Maria: The Lord of The Rings
- Ivy: Crime and Punishment (she not only hated it, but tore it “a well-deserved new one” 😉 and she did, go and see, it’s pretty brutal.
- Heather: whose blog address has literature crazy in it, but hated every minute of The Iliad and The Odyssey.
Of course, I say this somewhat tongue-in-cheek, so please, Sprite, Geek, Maria, Ivy and Heather, don’t flame me. I understand from where you are coming, but you’re entitled to your wrong opinion. 😉
So what is my choice? This year, anyway, it’s The Alchemist by Paulo Coelho. Unlike Jen @ The Devourer of Books who didn’t think any of his books were “accomplished, skilled, well-written, impressive”, I thought that The Alchemist was “accomplished, skilled, well-written, impressive” crap which in hindsight I should have given it a lower rating, but I was being kind that day. Actually I understand what he was doing and how he was doing it, but I just didn’t like it. As I said in my original review, the characters seemed too allegorical and cardboard. I didn’t feel any connection with any of them.
And even though I’m neither having a giveaway like Jen (above) is nor celebrating my 100th review for which she’s having the giveaway, I’m putting the spotlight on Banned Books Week in my own posts. I’m reading a book a day for the week and then getting up the reviews as I can (hopefully by week’s end).
Today’s book: Black Boy by Richard Wright, which I haven’t started yet, so I gotta go.