What, in your opinion, is the best book that you haven’t liked? Mind you, I don’t mean your most-hated book–oh, no. I mean the most accomplished, skilled, well-written, impressive book that you just simply didn’t like.
Like, for movies–I can acknowledge that Citizen Kane is a tour de force and is all sorts of wonderful, cinematically speaking, but . . . I just don’t like it. I find it impressive and quite an accomplishment, but it’s not my cup of tea.
That's an easy one for me: Love In the Time of Cholera by Gabriel Garcia Marquez. Here's what I said about it last year:
I enjoyed the beginning. The characters, the atmosphere, everything was so well written, but Florentino turns into such a dirty old pervert that I was quite disgusted with him. I got tired of reading about all his humping around. He's the male Moll Flanders. I never really warmed up to Fermina, although I did love her stubbornness in a time where women were second class citizens.
I can't pinpoint exactly why I feel the way I do. It's totally personal and in no way reflects the beautiful writing. And you all will probably love it too. I'm the weirdo.
You can read more of my review here.
I remember Oprah had it as her book club pick at the time. She went on and on about how it was a great love story and all I could think was "Really?" I didn't find it romantic- stalkerish, pathetic- yes, but romantic, no. I thought I might change my mind over time but I still feel like I just don't get the appeal.
So, how about you?