I hate to hate on literature but seriously, some books just don't live up to the hype. Listed here are three that have been terribly disappointing. Although they are known for some literary merit, I just don't get it.
Amazon.com says "Profoundly dark, told in spare, searing prose, The Road is a post-apocalyptic masterpiece, one of the best books we've read this year". My cousin Rae said, "It will change your life". Her partner said, "we all cried." My other cousin, her husband and every other person who has read it was moved, transformed, spirited away. Ok so the prose is interesting. Not a lot of complete sentences but one would guess that in a world covered in ash with no hope for survival (or at least a very slim chance of) one would think in short, negative fragments. We've been here before. Frankly I think By the Waters of Babylon is a much better story of post apocalyptic earth.
This is a nice little story about a shepherd boy who follows his wild dreams but then discovers they were home all along. It was supposed to be the big "thing" during my first stint in a book club. I was very disappointed. The simplistic style is a bit boring and the constant allusions to fables and biblical elements (a shepherd, a treasure etc) make it a bit predictable.
Although touted as the greatest love story of all time (yes someone actually said that) this Gothic romance which I'm sure made women of the 19th and 20th centuries swoon, actually makes me terribly frustrated. I mean, Cathy and Heathcliff really need to get some therapy and a life. Heathcliff has abandonment issues and Cathy has "I want to be popular and rich" issues. I think if the critics would discuss the dialect used, the contrast of setting and the hint of the supernatural as a means to promote the book, I might not be so put out. But to say it is a love story....nope.
I'm not usually this negative but after the great hooplah about The Road I just had to write. I promise next time to write about three books that are highly underrated!