Haters gotta hate.The Spectator asks its writers which "great books" they truly hated. Lined up for critical flogging: For Whom the Bell Tolls, Remembrance of Things Past, A Dance to the Music of Time, On the Road, Jane Austen (in general), Don Quixote, The Good Soldier, David Copperfield, Moby-Dick, D.H. Lawrence (in general), Quisling: A Study in Treason, Crime and Punishment (yes!), The Alexandria Quartet, Ulysses, Remembrance of Things Past (again!), David Copperfield (again!), Wuthering Heights, and The Portrait of a Lady.
I'm starting to think that Proust and Dickens are two of the most polarizing writers of all time.
This year my book discussion group is going to read a series of gloomy Russian short stories and novels, culminating in a three-month discussion of Crime and Punishment.
I'm going to miss seeing those guys for a whole yea.
Posted by: Paul Lamb at Dec 28, 2012 6:27:34 AM