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DAY 9. – Most overrated book.

For me this was an easy one.

There is one book that stands out above all others for me, perhaps I am wrong, and perhaps I simply didn’t give it the credit it deserves, it does in my reading experience hold a singular award.

It is the only book, ever, that I can think of that I have not finished.

Literally nothing about this book held my attention, I didn’t care about the protagonist, I didn’t care about his problems, his goals, dreams or simply anything about him or his story.

I am guessing I might be the odd one out; it apparently has been named as one of the 100 best English-language novels of the 20th century.

Wife purchased me the book as a gift due to my liking the film Conspiracy Theory in which Mel Gibson’s character has to purchase the book whenever he sees it, a plot device drawn from the mostly coincidental appearing of the book in the possessions of a number of murderers and assassins.  

The fact that she bought it specifically for me and yet I failed to read makes me somewhat sad as she put real thought in to purchasing it, but sadly there is nothing about the book that would make me go back!

EDIT: It seems I did not mention the actual book I am talking about. its The Catcher in the Rye.

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  1. sid1979
    September 11, 2013 at 10:03 pm

    Did you deliberately not mention the name of the book anywhere in the post? 🙂

    • September 11, 2013 at 11:46 pm

      Nope that was an accident/did not realize i had not done so!

  2. September 12, 2013 at 10:10 am

    How interesting. Ever since I’ve studied writing and literature seriously people have urged me to read widly and to get through all the classics such as this. And I have found the experience a mixed bag indeed. Some I have enjoyed and glad I made myself try them (and maybe if you’re a writer you should endevour to make your way through what is considered the greatest incarnations of your medium) but some I have positively slogged through muttering to myself the whole time, wondering how it’s got the acclaim that it has.

    I guess the truth is it’s all about taste and just because something is considered a classic or a cornerstone of literature doesn’t necessarily mean it will hit all the right buttons for you.

    This is one of the ones I have been urged to try. I’ll give it a go but I feel that I will come to the same conclusions as you. Are there any ‘classics’ you do enjoy?

    • September 12, 2013 at 8:28 pm

      Difficult to say, what exactly is classed as a “Classic” I enjoyed Animal Farm, Lord of the Flies, Dracula, Treasure Island and a majority of Dickens (from what I remember it’s a long time since I read them) works as well.

  3. September 12, 2013 at 12:42 pm

    I read the whole book and enjoyed it, but I was also an angsty high school student at the time. Reading it as an adult with real life experience would probably make me see it differently.
    Franny and Zooey is quite good, though.

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