Today’s Booking Through Thursday:
“If there was one book you could make sure nobody ever read again … what would it be? And why?”
The Book Accumulator still chuckles whenever Albert Camus is mentioned and I screw up my nose in disgust. I had to read The Outsider at school and absolutely loathed it. The protagonist was so (a) unappealing (b) apathetic (c) useless.
Other vehemently disliked books which I would rip up or throw into the bin with great force include The Unbearable Lightness of Being by Milan Kundera (from the same school course), and… well that’s about it. These days I give up on a book pretty quickly if I don’t like it, so the last time I had to read something all the way through to the end was in school. The English IB standard level course included plays (we read A Doll’s House and Twelfth Night both of which I adored, and I suspect something else more modern but it escapes me), world literature (source of the dreaded books above as well as Hermann Hesse’s Siddhartha which I really rather liked!), and some other categories – I remember reading some D. H. Lawrence and also Death in Venice by Thomas Mann. I then went to Venice and thought the book was even more uninspired.
After Fifty Shades of Grey came up in the quiz I did the other day, I am tempted to put that series down here as a preventative purge, but I haven’t read it so I shan’t be snobby.