October 2, 2008

BTT: Meh...

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Booking Through Thursday:

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.

So . . . what book (or books) is your Citizen Kane?

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?

24 comments :

  1. And it on my TBR pile. What do I do with the book I now own? Throw it away?

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  2. I listed this author as one of my did not likes. As for Oprah, don't follow her.

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  3. LOL I loved the way you discribed Florentina. I like the book over all. Did you see the movie?

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  4. I felt exactly the same way about this book. The thought the writing was great but after a while I grew to hate the characters. I didn't like Florintina either. At times, I found her stubborness irrational and heroines like that always grate on my nerves. Still, I have One Thousand Years of Solitude on my shelf and I have hopes that I'll like it a lot more.

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  5. I have never read any of his books but I think I have a couple of them somewhere around the house.

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  6. I didn't mind Love in the Time of Cholera so much (didn't exactly *like* it, but didn't hate it either), but I couldn't stand One Hundred Years of Solitude.

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  7. I started reading Cholera but I never got past the first chapter. I'm going to try again though. I keep thinking something might have got lost in translation.

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  8. I've read it and I remember feeling icked by Florentino, too. I don't remember much of the story, and this usually happens when I don't like a book much.

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  9. Never wanted to read that... if Oprah recommends it, I pretty much strike it off any list. Her stuff is always so depressing!

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  10. Mine would definitely be Of Mice and Men. Great book, I appreciate it, but I wanted to throw it under a trash truck.

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  11. Oprah picked both One Hundred Years of Solitude and Love in the Time of Cholera for her book club at some different times. If I have to choose between the two, the latter one is more readable.

    But I like both actually. :)

    I picked The Alchemist (fluffy crap) and Moby Dick (dread) for my answer.

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  12. I've wanted to read Love in the Time of Cholera ever since I saw the John Cusack movie Serendipity.

    I guess I would pick Bee Season. It was brilliantly written, but the ending left me cold.

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  13. My friend recently read and hated Love in the Time. I have it on my list but I'm in no hurry to read it.

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  14. I think I only read One Hundred Years. . . and that was long ago so I can't comment. I find a lot of "modern classics" leave me yawning. At least the old ones have passed the test of time.

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  15. Two novels that come to mind, both of them highly recommended to me, both of them critically-acclaimed, both of which I couldn't get through: Don DeLillo's White Noise and Ian McEwan's Atonement.

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  16. Haven't read this one yet but I want to like. We'll see how it goes.

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  17. Oprah reads some of the most depressing books ever. I picked one of her books for BTT this week, too. I think the only Oprah book I liked was Tara Road by Maeve Binchey, but I've been reading her for 15 years anyway

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  18. I sometimes wonder why Oprah picks certain books myself, sometimes they're just too serious and depressing, ugh

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  19. I picked up Love In The Time Of Cholera because someone had recommended it to me (something about the characters found in this being created much the way that Shakespeare developed his) but I can only read so much at a time, it seems really bland.

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  20. I have 100 Years Of Solitude waiting on my shelf, but now I'm reluctant to pick it up. Have you read that one as well?

    I'm sorry I missed this week's BTT, I would have had the Austenites after me again (Pride and Prejudice). I might have also suggested A Complicate Kindness, except I didn't really dislike it, I just didn't think it deserved all the hype and awards.

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  21. That's funny I said One Hundred Years of Solitude by the same author. I hope to try Love in the Time of Cholera this year, but if it's like One Hundred Years I may give up and not finish it.

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  22. i haven't read this book yet, but I made the mistake of watching the movie first. I HATED it, so now I am totally turned off from the book.

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  23. I actually like the book, and prefer it over One Hundred Years of Solitude. It doesn't strike me as something that is totally mushy and romantic, but it's the persistence that appeals me.

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  24. I thought the same about LITTOF. Very stalkering - love story? Not so much. I'm glad I read it though, it's one of THOSE books.

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