The one school book I disliked enough to actually drop. I had a high enough grade in LA that I would pass no matter how badly I did on the test
A majority of the EU was shit but this woman wrote like she had never seen two human beings talk to each other, let alone Star Wars.
itt: fussy people
Y'all need to learn to be okay with reading non-high-brow reading
Garbage. I would de-canonize this pussy if I could
its at least the worst book that people think is good for some reason
I'm embarrassed that this rests on my bookshelf.
Just reread it for the first time since high school (currently 26). I found it to be a terrific book, extremely well-written. Lee explains and connects her ideas in powerful and compelling ways, including the symbolism and references, some more explicit and obvious, others more subtle. Even the psalm that is sung at First Purchase is poignant and brilliantly appropriate in the context.
Why do you hate it so much? Or did I just take some bait?
Maybe falling for the bait.
I read the Spanish translation of this garbage.
Fitzgerald literally gargled cum for a living. You can tell because every copy is soaked through with his pussyboy juices. I'm so tired of pseudo-intellectuals trying to defend his shit. There is nothing of substance in anything he's written.
>that feeling when it rests on the bookshelf looking prestigious but inside you know it doesnt belong there.
I CANNOT UNDERSTAND WHY THIS IS GOOD
You all ain't read shit when it comes to bad books.
Isn't it supposed to be (at least in part) based on Hamlet (or am I mixing it up with another Shakespearean tragedy?)? Faulkner is the next American author I want to become more familiar with after I read some more Hemingway. I enjoyed As I Lay Dying, and I think I would enjoy other works if his if they are similar in style and substance.
>my subjective experience is of a higher class than yours
I didn't say the book was terrible, just that I have never been able to finish it. There were things about it that I could see were worth merit but ultimately it wasn't for me. Deal with it.
Maybe not the worst ever, but the first book in a long, long time that I can remember simply putting down cause I couldn't take it anymore. The writing is excruciating.
I now understand why some people retch at the thought of continental philosophy.
utter tripe. if she hadn't killed herself IRL then this book would've been totally forgotten about, and it should've.
I have to think all the way back to middle school because I'm no longer obligated to read a book if its shitty.
I actually just realized that I have never read a horribly shitty book.
Bottom of the barrel are still passable. Those would be Things Fall Apart, The Sun Also Rises, Survivor (Palahniuk) and Status (Erlend Loe).
I bought this for twenty dollars at an airport, and I appreciate I should have known better to not by Airport Thrillers, but I could have used a simple knock-off Indiana Jones to pass a few flights
>First chapter is %100 utterly mediocre prologue, I know this book will not be great
>By the second chapter DeMille has contrived a reason for the three leads, two male and one female, to all be naked in some ancient ruin "Bath" with inexplicably clean water. DeMille fails to describe the two male leads in any way, skips straight to multiple paragraph physical description of the naked female lead, paragraph ends with both men being erect, and after a single page the young male lead attractively jerks off while staring at her like a serial killer, before ejaculating into the water they're all swimming in.
And by the way the female lead was ostensibly the older male's (not the one that was jerking off) girlfriend, although the two males fuck her back and forth about seven times each throughout the book.
Every time I finished a chapter, I thought to myself "Wow, that was it, that's the nadir. It can't get worse" and it would keep proving me wrong.
This. I never completely understood was Zizek was talking about when he went on about ideology until I read The Brothers Karamazov. If you want to tell people how to live, write a philosophical treatise, not a novel.
Nowadays I almost never finish books I don't enjoy. However back when I was in my early teens, when I did finish every book I was handed, there was one, the first in a series, which I absolutely hated and wanted to be over with. It was called Tomorrow, When The War Began and it was about a group of teenagers hiding out in the bush after a foreign power invades Australia.
I can't remember the name that's how bad it was, but it was some cliché shit about vampires or something. Girl moves in next to a graveyard or something, then something about a man with "absolutely extraordinary eyes". Couldn't even bother finishing half of it
Had to read in it high school. The author is a female, it is about a concentratiom camp amd such, it is factually wrong and terribly written, characters are unrelatable, the story wraps up I 2 pages and to top it off their is gay sex scene
I fucking hate the Tim and Eric tier attitude this book has
Honestly this. If you aren't interested in that time, and you're sick of people telling you why this is such a good piece of art, it fucking sucks. I really do think they need to give kids options in HS lit classes.
E.g., A lot of people I know hate Catcher, but it's the book that made me realize I can be a productive person and do something with my life, instead of being afraid of constantly fucking things up, and not trying anything because of that fear. However, I wouldn't ask someone who has their shit together to enjoy the book.
>pic related is not the worst thing ever, but it's not near as good as people make it out to be...felt like I wasted a month reading it
Didn't read it in high school. I have read it though. Bit rubbish, but not all bad.
There's not much in the way of Aussie lit for high schools though. All I can think of is Oscar and Lucinda and A Fortunate Life.
Greatest/Only Australian contribution to any medium of entertainment
>tfw I saw this and thought it was some comedy
>google and find out it's a 4serious drama based on a dumb book
I don't know what the hell they were thinking, but I'm glad they were.
>tfw ex-gf recommended East of Eden to me as her favorite book
Fuck you, ho, this thing sucks and you were a pleb.
I know it's a parody, but it's also an advertisement for it.
As in, this is the thing that is supposed to draw in an audience based on what's shown.
Somewhere there was a bunch of bro Aussies gearing up for a comedy night from this funny thing they saw on TV and getting a completely straight-faced drama before one of them switches the channel after ten minutes of awkward silence.
Also I forgot Mad Max, I guess Mad Max was pretty significant Australian contribution
you liked all the foreshadowing, over-the-top judeo-christian imagery (or Jungian if you aint cucked m8), and stereotype reversals?
>Huehuehue, me speak very little english mr. trask
>Ret me get you summ tea, okie okie?
>It's all an act Mr. Hamilton, I actually can articulate myself very well in English, but I choose not to, in order to not unsettle social expectation. Oh yeah, btw, I like to smoke opium and do philosophy with all the other old Chinese guys, that's not a bad stereotype tho lol, ty Johnny!
idk man, I just remember being enthralled for the entire 3 or 4 weeks it took me to read this. It might not be the most subtle novel or aspire to anything new or experimental or whatever, but I loved how it felt like I was reading an american mythos spanning generations.
I may be a pleb, but it was the moments where the narrator (Steinbeck himself? or some literary alternate Steinbeck) shares that anecdote about his mother selling the war bonds and getting the free military plane ride, or the opening chapters where he describes the geological history of the Salinas valley; I ate that shit up. And I did like how the 'timshel'/Cane and Abel story tied everything together. But it's cool m8, I don't pretend to have the best (or even good) taste in literature, and there's still so so many books that I haven't had the chance to read and even more that I've probably never heard of.
My best to you and yours, and I wish you not only a good day, but good luck in your future /lit/ (and non /lit/) endeavors.
EoE guy here.
I seriously think that the last 200-300 pgs. of this book are inexcusable. Sure, Steinbeck does some beautiful things with landscape and familial story-telling in the first half of the book, but Joe Valery, Kate, and Aron are some of the flattest characters I've ever read. Maybe there is someone as stupid as Joe that has existed, but Kate and Aron simply cannot exist in the real-world, especially not when this is a fiction that Steinbeck is constantly reminding us is interwoven with reality.
I almost didn't read the last 80 or so pages, because I knew as soon as they have that scene with the recruiters, our whiny twin is dead.
If you can justify the last third of that book, or even try to reason to me that the first two-thirds of that book can make up for it, please try, otherwise, stay keked and stop putting this book in the top 10 of the /lit/ books poll.
EoE guy again, the chart above just goes to show how much more pleb this board is now. This list is from 2013? EoE is #37 on this chart. IIRC it was somewhere between 8-15 on the current top 100, fucking inexcusable /lit/.
I'm actually quite into Buddhism and general eastern philosophy but this book really rubbed me the wrong way. I gave up about 60 pages in. The main protagonist is not at all relatable and begins as this "great guy" respected and loved by everyone.. give me a break. Literally vomit inducing.
Honestly, it was a pretty enjoyable read. But holy fuck, Gaiman, you're not a edgy goth in the 80's anymore, Shadow is a cringey as fuck name for your MC. Also, the ending shit itself completely.
Why does /lit/ consider itself intelligent again? What I'm getting here is that you basically all just read Gravity's Rainbow, Finnegans Wake, and Infinite Jest then used that as an excuse to not appreciate ANY OTHER LITERARY MOVEMENT IN THE HISTORY OF LITERATURE.
I'll give you To The Lighthouse and add Catcher In The Rye. I havent read Madame Bovary or Jane Eyre
Candide and Ulysses are fun to read and might afford studying but I'm pressed to say great
A fucking community college professor made me read a fucking ayn rand book for class. It was called Anthem, I believe. Needless to say (but I'll say it anyway fuck you), it was a fucking steaming pile of fucking shit.
not him but Ulysses and Finnegans Wake, while contestably serious works of art in their own rite, could really be read as satire of high modernism and heavy symbolism a trademark of literary fiction at the time
Well, pic related is available on amazon right now.
uncle orson has shit out some terrible fiction in his time
Ok, same poster here. I forced myself to finish this book tonight. The last 30 pages or so were actually pretty decent and tied the whole thing together nicely. I still have to say that I don't enjoy his writing style very much and I thought the characters were pretty weak. Decent message but poor delivery.
>those actually got published
>stealing two different IPs from two different companies
>no one has stopped this
Fan Fiction was a mistake
Expected something good after reading -and loving- Journey to the Center of the Earth. Extremely boring and annoying.
Dat Evil Odin
That book was a fucking train wreck and I should have stopped at that god awful opening with prison and meeting Loki or some shit.
Ha. I wanted to get into Pynchon and the dust-jacket gave me the impression of some Gibsonesque type thing. I took it out at the downtown library, read 15 pages on the train and returned it at a suburban outlet not even an hour later. It just feels tacky to namedrop real brands every couple paragraphs.
By far this. Absolutely worst book I've ever read in my life by an absolutely massive margin.
What the fuck do you know? What could you possibly have against Vonnegut? Have you read one of his books in entirety? Did your highschool English teacher make you read Slaughterhouse 5 and you barely paid attention to it?
You don't have to be a genius to be a good author. However, I do think he has a great style and very smart writing. I don't see any reason for someone to think that any of his books are bad enough to be "the worst thing they've ever read". Especially with most of the shit that gets published
I believe you. I had the pleasure of having that piece of skat movie displayed in the main displays of a Montevideo-Madrid flight (twelve hours, for reference) and my eyes couldn't believe the crap. For sure the book it came from must be worse.
This. Maybe the worst insult I can give a book: I don't remember it. I have some vague impression that it was set in 1930s America, there was a bridge, and someone named Daisy. Honourable mention to Waves by Virginia Woolf
I mean that he isn't as great as many percieve him to be. Many of his satirical comments in Slaughter House 5, Cats Cradle and God Bless Mr. Goldwater ( all the Vonnegut I've read) are very fun books, but beyond that the way they have aged is detrimental to the work in my opinion. So that alone shows how Vonnegut could be easily hated by others who can't appreciate Vonnegut's dark humor. I am too intoxicated to really care if this makes any sense
Jesus Fuck, Margaret Atwood's assertions on what Canadian Lit was about basically ruined my time in high-school; if Hatchet wasn't on the reading list, it was some copy of the same thing. The main reason I like Lord of the Flies so much is that it was the one piece of survival literature assigned to me that basically tore all the others to pieces.
It's populist pap, fine, but it's nowhere near as bad as /lit/ makes it out to be. It's basically a Neil Gaiman comic book put into written longform, and that's not a jab at it, the comic book he writes is enjoyable; it's just not in the right place.
Shadow IS a bad name, but reading it so frequently helps hammer home the idea that it's a pseudonym, and not one that he wanted. He's such an intentionally passive protagonist that really he shouldn't have a name at all, but in a third person story, an obviously fake name is the second best option.
you fucked up on every level possible
always finish the book
never start an author who's been publishing for the majority of your parent's lives with a book he wrote two years ago
never drop the book for an arbitrary reason, especially one that has to do with a single aspect of a work, more especially when that aspect is central to the theme of the text
avoid public transportation
this fucking waste of everything possibly connected to it
if I were a tree and ended up as this book I'd be fucking furious
The drop by Dennis Lehane
First time I liked a movie more than the book.
And the movie wasn't exceptional either.
I wouldn't say S2 is worse. I think the Johnny Hitler episode is one of the best of the whole series. I've used it to convince friends to give the whole show a try and it's worked every time.
S2 is great. I don't get people who insist on one over the other.
It's just Hardy at his tested and true wharfing up hairballs of maudlin misfortune. "Because we were too menny" give me a fucking break.
Also Hardy is my English pep-pep's favorite author. We all hate my English pep-pep.
Pushed myself through 800 pages of this garbage. Possibly the most hollow 1300-page book that you will ever find.
The point is that everything was going for him but he wasn't satisfied with that. Yes he's a bit "perfect" but part of it is that he has the potential to essentially achieve enlightenment, unlike his friend Govinda who is a follower without the potential to see the world with perception on the level of the Buddha, Siddhartha, or the Ferryman.
>>yfw it's her best work
Is that fucking true? I read Anthem while restructuring my dystopian literature teaching unit and it was so bad that I almost made my students read it purely to mock it next to 1984 and Brave New World. It's the worst sort of baby's-first-dystopia. Way worse than The Giver. She essentially just ripped off "We" like crazy and took out all of the originality of it.
Fuck this shit so hard, I could go on all day about everything that makes it a terrible book.