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PostSubject: Re: LEAST favorite book   Tue Dec 23, 2008 4:46 am

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Yeah, I've had to read "Frankenstein" as part of a gothic novel class. Geez, I hated it. As much as I love Percy Shelley - his wife is simply unable to produce enjoyable fiction. It is not very hard to read, though, and also easy to understand, but it is boring and creepy. It left me with a disgusted feeling.

You honestly didn't enjoy it, Solveig?

I'm sorry to hear that: I was the complete opposite. It kept my attention the entire time!

Very Happy My favorite book now, actually.
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PostSubject: Re: LEAST favorite book   Wed Dec 24, 2008 10:59 pm

Okay, I'm getting mixed reviews. I guess I'll have to find out for myself (although I had to read the book anyways...)

What about Heart of Darkness?
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PostSubject: Re: LEAST favorite book   Sat Feb 07, 2009 7:20 pm

I read "Heart of Darkness" quite a few years ago, and I enjoyed it, although I will say it is not for every taste. The movie "Apocalypse Now" was based on "Heart of Darkness", and like the book, most people either loved it or hated it.

As far as a supposedly classic novel I couldn't stand, for me that would have to be "Ivanhoe". I was supposed to read it as a freshman in high school (more years ago than I care to admit), and I could not get beyond the cloying descriptive passages in the beginning. Maybe I would enjoy it better if I picked it up now. I don't see myself doing that anytime soon, though.
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PostSubject: Re: LEAST favorite book   Sun Feb 08, 2009 4:30 pm

I am trying to read Little Women and finding it really boring! Its a bit sweet and sickly at times and I am only on chapter 3 or 4! I am reading it from my DS Lite 100 classics.

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PostSubject: Re: LEAST favorite book   Sun Feb 08, 2009 4:48 pm

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I am trying to read Little Women and finding it really boring! Its a bit sweet and sickly at times and I am only on chapter 3 or 4! I am reading it from my DS Lite 100 classics.

Lynne

Does your mother know you read this stuff!

I so want to get that one, but they don't sell it on the German Amazon, and delivery from the UK would be pretty expensive. *sigh*

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PostSubject: Re: LEAST favorite book   Sun Feb 08, 2009 4:53 pm

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I am trying to read Little Women and finding it really boring! Its a bit sweet and sickly at times and I am only on chapter 3 or 4! I am reading it from my DS Lite 100 classics.

Lynne

Does your mother know you read this stuff!

I so want to get that one, but they don't sell it on the German Amazon, and delivery from the UK would be pretty expensive. *sigh*

Its got some great books on it! Got mine from a supermarket! I also have a Sony Reader and I am ploughing my way through the Classic CD that came with that too as well as the few I have downloaded from Waterstones
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PostSubject: Re: LEAST favorite book   Mon Feb 23, 2009 6:33 pm

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Second place goes to Little Women. I tried many, many, many times to finish that book and just could not do it. I didn't even know Beth died until I saw the movie.

Oh gosh. I really hated that book. It was a gift from my friend one year - I just pretended that I read it!

Mad Mad Mad Mad Mad

I give it five weird, angry, muttering faces.
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PostSubject: Re: LEAST favorite book   Fri Mar 20, 2009 6:12 pm

I read mostly classics, so although there may be much worse books written today, I am going to refer to a classic that really irritated me. It was "The portrait of a lady" by Henry James. It was not its length that bothered me, although, if you do not like the novel, length turns out to be a disadvantage Rolling Eyes , but it was his style of writing, so difficult, wordy, complex without apparent reason. His heroine, who was presented as an intelligent lady with possibilities, rejects not one or two, but three eligible and worthy suitors, to marry a calculating rake and while she understands that by the end of the book and has the financial independence to live separately from him, she chooses to return to him for no apparent (again! - masochistic perhaps?) reason. It was so disappointing and such a waste of time (reading twice the complicated sentences of a veeery long book) to find nothing worthy as a meaning in the end. To contrast with, "Crime and punishment" is considered by many a difficult book, but it is worth reading it, because it has something to say.

I decided to give him (Henry James) a second chance reading "The turn of the screw" mostly because I heard that it was connected in some way with "Jane Eyre", which is my all time favorite book. "The turn of the screw" proved to be more interesting and easier. Surprisingly it was also small, but it had some really awkward dialogues, a kind of batty heroine and in the end it didn't really give you much insight of what happened there. Normally, I would not care if the ending was open, but still I seem to miss the conclusion of what he really wanted to show. Maybe he is not my type of writer.

I agree with those that say that Dickens is pretty boring sometimes, but he has his good moments.
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