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?
Most of the books I read have something that I like or enjoy, maybe because my reading taste is so wide or perhaps I’m just easy to please. After reading this week’s topic three particular books came to mind, that many people adore, but I for one reason or another don’t. Although I can find positive things about them, when I hear people praising them I will get that “just-stepped-on-a-bug-in-my-barefeet-skin-crawling-shiver.” So here they be:
Moby Dick by Herman Melville – I have tried to read this book so many times, but I know I will never, ever finish it. I feel dumb reading it to be truthful. Everyone talks about all the symbolism and hidden metaphors within this book, but to me it’s about a big whale *shrugs*
The Crucible by Arthur Miller – I hate that I hate this book/play. I adore anything historical about the Salem Witch period, I love, love, love Death Of A Salesman. But The Crucible – blech! Finding out that this was written as a way to fight back literarily against the McCarthyism really ruined it for me. I also hated the historical bits that Miller changed about, I think it would have worked just as well had he stayed closer to actual fact.
Harry Potter by JK Rowling – Yes, yes, I know this is a fabulous series, but towards the last half of the series I got really tired of the way the plot worked. It’s hard to put into words, but I felt like these books were written in such a way that the author wrote the characters into corners, and then *poof* something magical would happen and all would be well again. The Harry Potter series was one I enjoyed reading, but I think I was turned off by the lack of true suspense I would feel while reading.
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