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Worst 10 works of fiction
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BevIsHopeful
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PostPosted: Mon Oct 13, 2008 6:16 pm    Post subject: Worst 10 works of fiction  Reply with quote

Literary works we should have liked:  

We Need To Talk About Kevin -- Lionel Shriver (too dark to finish.)
The Horse Whisperer  --  Nicholas Evans (couldn't stand the parents.)
The Poisonwood Bible  --  Barbara Kingsglover (I just couldn't like it.)
A Thousand Acres  --  Jane Smiley (well written, but. . .ugh!!)
The Handmaids Tale -- Margaret Atwood (although I would agree it was exquisitely written.)

I can't think of more, but will post if I do.
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PostPosted: Mon Oct 13, 2008 6:30 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Anything written by Will Self - his head disappeared up his backside some years ago and hasn't been seen since.
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PostPosted: Mon Oct 13, 2008 7:02 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

One Hundred Years of Solitude
Great Expectations
The Grapes of Wrath

Three books I found so boring I counldn't finish.

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PostPosted: Mon Oct 13, 2008 7:33 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

The Da Vinci Code. Obviously.
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PostPosted: Mon Oct 13, 2008 10:09 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

The French Lieutenants Woman.

The Old Man And The Sea.

Anything by DH Lawrence.
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PostPosted: Mon Oct 13, 2008 10:59 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Top of the List has to be the Da Vinci Code. Absolute tripe - no characterisation, poor research...

Others?
The Death of Ivan Ilyich by Tolstoy
Sorrows of Young Wether by Goethe

Both of which are like guide books for the suicidal

Gargantua and Pantagruel by Francois Rabelais - bloke should have written for The Sun

and anything labelled "Mills and Boon" - yes he was tall dark and handsome, rich... it's like Hello magazine readers try books.
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PostPosted: Mon Oct 13, 2008 11:28 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

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You're KIDDING me??? How could you not like it?  :o

Forum ban if you don't take that back  :x

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PostPosted: Tue Oct 14, 2008 7:33 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

krysta25uk wrote:
The Grapes of Wrath


This I found very hard to get into, and was very tempted to give up. However, I persevered and ended up quite liking it.
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PostPosted: Tue Oct 14, 2008 7:47 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Shaft2101 wrote:
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The Old Man And The Sea


You're KIDDING me??? How could you not like it?  :o

Forum ban if you don't take that back  :x

:lol:



  Misogynistic guff.  (Just to clarify my position!)    :P
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PostPosted: Tue Oct 14, 2008 8:49 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

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Misogynistic guff


Misogynistic? There's one old dude, his boat, and a helluva big fish!  :P I don't disagree that Hemingway clearly had very little time for women, but to pick out OMS is a little puzzling. I reread it 2-3 weeks ago and can't say that I remember even the mention of a woman  :lol: Though perhaps I missed something (which wouldn't be a first)!

As for "Grapes of Wrath" - for those who didn't enjoy it, you might still like "Of Mice and Men" by Steinbeck. A real classic of literature :)


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