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    Quote Originally Posted by InsatiableCuriosity View Post
    I also forgot my feelings on Gabriel Garcia Marquez's "Love in the Time of Cholera"! Maybe it is my T or the fact that I had an obsessive ex fiancee but this book didn't strike me as romantic at all. It gave me the sick feeling of this poor woman being stalked for a lifetime - creepy - made my skin crawl!!
    I am not a fan of Gabriel Garcia Marquez either....

    I disliked One Hundred Years of Solitude and never really finished - I skimmed the end, which you can't do with that book. It just didn't touch me though. I think he is a very Ne writer, but it has this almost manic feel. The way he packs a lot of random, crazy stuff into the story and describes it in this blase yet rapid way reminded me a bit of Voltaire's Candide, but that was definitely superior - I got something lasting out of that. IDK, maybe I'm not bright enough to grasp Marquez's novels....
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    Catch-22. I get it. You're fucked aaaand you're fucked some more.
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    Catcher in the Rye fucking whining teenager..... also horrible was Atlas Shrugged (Ayn Rand in general) and Ulysses annoyed me somehow stylistically as well
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    I'm surprised at how many people don't like The Grapes of Wrath. It's one of my favorite books.

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    Quote Originally Posted by OrangeAppled View Post
    IDK, maybe I'm not bright enough to grasp Marquez's novels....
    ^ Likewise
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    The Bible.

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    I love dystopians, but A Clockwork Orange just annoyed me. I don't get it.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Nicodemus View Post
    'A Theory of Justice' by John Rawls, the most boring person of the 20th century: Nothing, spread over 600 pages.
    ...so true.

    But, to be a bit more objective, it wasn't nothing spread over 600 pages.

    It was a thought experiment that I devised when I was about six years old spread over 600 pages...

    Quote Originally Posted by Halla74 View Post
    "The Grapes of Wrath" by John Steinbeck put me to sleep.
    Quote Originally Posted by r.a View Post
    oh man. steinbeck is pretty boring.
    I tried to give Steinbeck a chance.

    Not that I wouldn't again, but I just found him boring.

    Quote Originally Posted by r.a View Post
    i grimaced my way through quite a few really boring books in highschool, like any of jane austin's soupy garbage.
    Glad to hear I'm not the only one who can't stand Jane Austen.

    Her style was, simply put: god-awful.

    Quote Originally Posted by EJCC View Post
    Everything I've read by Ernest Friggin' Hemingway. RRRGH!
    Quote Originally Posted by Aquarelle99 View Post
    I have to agree. I tried to like him, but I just can't get into his writing.
    Quote Originally Posted by Tallulah View Post
    Agreed. I did read a couple of his short stories, though, and found them more palatable than the novels.

    I hate how he writes women. Like he's never met one.
    The only Hemingway I really like is "A Farewell to Arms"... it's one of my favorite books... can't see how one (at least a male) couldn't love it... I haven't been able to get into much else, though...

    Quote Originally Posted by FireyPheonix View Post
    American Psycho, I think scarred me for life...one of those books I couldn't stop reading, but it was very traumatic for me. I had nightmares for months after wards. Very graphic and not for sensitive souls. I think I burnt it (and I don't believe in censorship and burning of books) after wards, I felt so dirty and impure after reading it. Really needed a few more warnings on the cover or in the synopsis. And yes I know it was a metaphor, but still...
    Coming from an INTJ, and someone who's not afraid of dark or morbid things, I have to say, I found American Psycho extremely difficult to read as well. It could have been partially due to the mental space I was in when I was reading it, but I just found it very difficult to bear.

    Quote Originally Posted by Gloriana View Post
    It wasn't that though. I just got this feeling the guy wasn't writing to truly challenge anyone or truly provoke thought. I found his style really blunt and lazy. I felt the author manipulating me, hence it just took away from any experience of a story.
    I completely disagree with this sentiment, however.

    I thought the entire purpose of American Psycho was to challenge the reader and provoke thought...

    Quote Originally Posted by r.a View Post
    dan clown is nothing more than a petty airport-novel author.

    i didn't read the davinci code because i read angels and demons first and decided that the author is a spineless hack, thusly his books deserve no attention from me.
    ...wholeheartedly agree.

    Quote Originally Posted by whatever View Post
    Catcher in the Rye fucking whining teenager...
    Yeah, well, you're one of the fake Fe-users he's complaining about, so...

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    ...also horrible was Atlas Shrugged (Ayn Rand in general)...
    Dear Ms. Rand: how about you hit me over the head over and over again with your simple-minded philosophy until I'm nearly as retarded as you are?

    I stopped reading at page 30.

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    The Great Gatsby.

    I read it because I had to, plus it was an easy read, bleh, not that awesome at all.

    I don't read books I don't enjoy, therefore I don't really understand the concept of this thread.

    I usually know within the first couple pages if I'm gonna like an author/book.

    So... yeah.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Nicodemus View Post
    I found 'American Psycho' terribly boring.
    Hmmmm, have you read any other of Ellis' other novels/short stories?

    "Less than Zero" is one of my favorite novels.

    + :sad:

    Also, "The Rules of Attraction" was pretty fucking awesome, witty, smart, hilarious, and just plain enjoyable.

    Ellis is an odd duck.

    You can actually see his descent into nihilism through his works.

    I stopped reading him at Glamorama.

    I just couldn't do it anymore.

    "Less than Zero" is so pure and good, though.

    I was raised in Los Angeles, private-schooled as well, and in this book especially, you see/feel his intense sensitivity to the inherent horrors to the world.

    I haven't read this book in years, (I lent my last copy out to my half-sister)

    It, along with "Catcher in the Rye", is one of the few novels that have made me bawl whilst reading it.

    So good, too good.
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