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Disappointing books
2 months ago

You expected somethings great, but they turned out other than that.

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2 months ago
Memories of My Melancholy Whores by G. G. Marquez. An old journalist turning 90 wants to celebrate with a young, virgin prostitute. The brothel madam arrange a 14 years old for him. They don't have sex, the girl falls asleep. The old man, who never found love in his life, falls for her while staring at her naked body. Disturbingly chauvinist. What is funny is that at the end of the book this man thinks that the girl, who has never been close to him whilst awake, loves him back... A combination of paedophily and senility.Oh my! The same author of One hundred years of solitude??? Depressing!
2 months ago

I absolutely CANNOT STAND The Catcher in The Rye, how it became an American Classic is beyond me *shakes head*



This post was modified from its original form on 23 May, 14:37
2 months ago

I agree. Moreover, I've always found Salinger and his reclusiveness disturbing, to say the least. I've never read anything by Joyce Maynard, the author who was 18 when entered into a 10 months relationship with the 53 myth of literature, I cannot say who manipulated whom, perhaps they both did, somehow, I feel uncortable about both of them... 

I'm aware that private life and public achievements are different matters, but in this case they mingle too much to me...

2 months ago

UNCOMFORTABLE, sorry LOL!

2 months ago

 In High School we had to read Books by Pearl Buck, & Ernest Hemingway, I found them hard to read.

2 months ago

Never read Pearl Buck, but tried to read "Fiesta" by Hemingway. Didn't finish it and I felt so bad, because I was surrounded by a bunch of Hemingway's fans at that time, I felt so stupid LOL! Never got to HEmingway again...

A book I hated is "A room with a view" by Forster. Found it too obscure in some passages, lacking narrative technique.

Well, "Howards End" was obscure too, to me. I keep wondering when and how Helen Schlegel has an affaire with Mr Bast and gets pregnant. Lack of narrative technique here too, in my opinion. It's ok allowing space to readers' imagination, but a "traditional" narrative needs to be coherent...

2 months ago

One more thing! About "A passage to India" by the same author. What happens to Miss Quest in the cave??? Still a mystery to me...

2 months ago

Pearl Buck was assigned in high school.  I found her writing tedious, and generally about what you'd expect from someone with a Christian missionary attitude toward Chinese people.  Hemingway...I like some of the short stories, but never found his novels readable and his reputation over-rated. 

Fulvia, I must disagree about Forster.  I like both "Howard's End" and "Room With A View".  Nobody knows what happened to Miss Quest in the cave in "A Passage to India", except Forster...and possibly Miss Quest, although it may not be really clear to her either...a kind of sexual hysteria not uncommon at that time, perhaps?  Anyway, I didn't find any of these novels lacking coherence or failing in narrative structure.  Not everything is revealed, as in life we don't always know all the details...or even important details...about the lives of other folks...but the story moves on.

2 months ago

I see that we cannot reccommend books to each other Miranda LOL! 

2 months ago

Fulvia, Well we certainly aren't in agreement on Forster, but so many other books about which we have agreed and shared.  I certainly pay attention to your recommendations.

2 months ago

Won't you all consider expanding your comments here into posts for the Reviews section? 

1 month ago

The most disappointing book in my reader experience was “The Alchemist” by Paulo Coelho after all that noise around. Before “The Alchemist”,  I already occasionally read his “Veronika decides to die” and according to me it is much more impressive. At the same time I should admit that I was already more mature reading “The Alchemist” and a bit more cynical too. I am not sure that I would be so excited now by “Veronika …” neither, but every book finds us in its own time

1 month ago

I was totally blindsided by being unable to read Flight Behavior by Barbara Kingsolver.  I have enjoyed her books for the last couple of decades, both her fiction and non-fiction, but this one was simply unreadable...and I started it three times!  Pretentious, boring, badly written...I just can't believe how bad it is, from someone whose writing I have admired for so long.  If she couldn't realize herself that this work was nowhere near her usual quality, where in the world was her editor?  And did all the reviewers writing glowing reviews actually read the book?  I couldn't get through the first chapter.

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