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Admit it - what's the classic book that everyone raves about but you despise?

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EverySingleStar Mon 21-Sep-09 00:57:10

I probably have more than one blush but The Great Gatsby is definitely up there. *shudder violently* Shall add more later grin

MarmadukeScarlet Mon 21-Sep-09 01:01:45

Some Gabriel Garcia Marques book that my DH rates as his all time fave, mysogonistic nonsense iirc.

alwayslookingforanswers Mon 21-Sep-09 01:02:41

Catch 22

AitchTwoToTangOh Mon 21-Sep-09 01:06:31

great gatsby, deffo. and i know it's not a classic but the lovely bones was SHIT.

MarmadukeScarlet Mon 21-Sep-09 01:10:00

God, lovely bones. I read that before my time was so precious and I would finish every book that I started, now if it hasn't got me in 20 pages I don't bother.

AitchTwoToTangOh Mon 21-Sep-09 01:33:29

yep, i gave the time traveller's wife a generous fifty and then tooooooossed it. <aware ttw also not a classic blush>

mrswoolf Mon 21-Sep-09 01:56:52

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Celery Mon 21-Sep-09 06:51:08

Wuthering Heights, urgh!

Leln Mon 21-Sep-09 07:42:00

Not really a classic, but 'On The Road' is completely mysognistic and boring to boot.
Also, all of Thomas Hardy; Tess is overly long, sentimental, melodramatic and utterly unbelievable. Oh, and such 'subtle' irony: a character called Angel who turns out to be foul and judgemental. Please.
I agree about Time Traveller's Wife - such an intriguing idea but done terribly.
As for the 'Lovely Bones' - arghhhh.

Goblinchild Mon 21-Sep-09 07:44:57

Anything by George Eliot, and most of Thomas Hardy!

ILikeToQuickstepItTangoIt Mon 21-Sep-09 07:46:37

Cold Comfort Farm - it bored the crap out of me and I didn't find it amusing in the slightest.

Wiggletastic Mon 21-Sep-09 07:53:58

Catcher in the Rye

Holden Caulfield is sooooooooo annoying!

mollyroger Mon 21-Sep-09 07:54:37

I liked most of these - except the Time Traveller's Wif which I tried twice and hated.
I also hate Dan Brown. And Kate Mosse. And that Island book - plot was ok but I hated her writing style....

GibbonInARibbon Mon 21-Sep-09 08:03:28

Cold Comfort Farm here too. Read it many years ago and I tried to love it but it really did nothing for me.

mollyroger Mon 21-Sep-09 08:04:55

oh. Cold Comfort Farm is one of my all-time favourites. And Thos Hardy one of my fave authors blush

GibbonInARibbon Mon 21-Sep-09 08:10:08

I have a real soft spot for Thomas Hardy, especially his poetry.

Leln Mon 21-Sep-09 08:21:02

George Elliott - you are so right.
I also cannot abide louis de bernieres...Is the man trying to win the 'Most Long Words in a Paragraph' competition?

fishie Mon 21-Sep-09 08:22:57

i hated the island book too, mollyroger how did you manage to find a plot in it? nothing happens.

moondog Mon 21-Sep-09 08:35:34

I capture the castle

(So bloody what?)

Captain Corelli's Mandoline

(I'm angry with myself for wasting those hours of my life)

WidowWadman Mon 21-Sep-09 08:43:55

Lord of the Rings. Tried several times, including reading it out loud to my flatmate and vice versa, because we both struggled, and the audiobook. Never got past page 80.

I accept its significance, but still find it really really boring.

Oh, and I can't stand Wordsworth. The Prelude is just tosh.

Rhian82 Mon 21-Sep-09 08:50:48

Awww, I Capture The Castle is one of my all-time faves, and I love Cold Comfort Farm! Agree about George Eliot though, detest Silas Marner.

flimflammum Mon 21-Sep-09 08:50:57

The Mill on the Floss by George Eliot. Admittedly I was about 14 when made to read it for school. I loved lots of other classic lit, but this bored me to... well, boredom really. I think the teacher thought that just because it was about children, young people would like it. We didn't.

MarthaFarquhar Mon 21-Sep-09 08:55:12

Ulysses. Big, yes; clever, yes; interesting? hell, no.

And White Teeth. Yes, London is a bit multicultural. Thanks for noticing.

pofacedandproud Mon 21-Sep-09 09:10:35

Little Women. Couldn't bear the sentimental bollocks. And oh yes Lord of the Rings. Turgid.

pofacedandproud Mon 21-Sep-09 09:11:14

Love Mill on the Floss! You probably needed to be a bit older to read it.

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