This week the Monday Musings question from Should Be Reading is the following: What is your least favorite book? Why?
Just recently I was looking at a list of classics and remembering how much I disliked The Great Gatsby. That started me running through a mental list of all the books I’ve been required to read for school and I still can’t come up with anything else I disliked quite as much. The Last of the Mohicans was depressing, as was 1984, but they were quite good except the endings. And while Beloved by Toni Morison was pretty strange, it was also very interesting to analyze. Gatsby just didn’t have much going for it. I didn’t like the writing style or the atmosphere. I couldn’t relate to any of the main characters. There are very few books I’ve read and disliked, but I’m pretty sure Gatsby is at the bottom of the list.
Do you have a least favorite book? Is it one you were required to read?
8 responses to “Monday Musings”
haha oh noo.. 😦 I’m surprised at this choice! Granted it is more of a slow book but I love Gatsby! Opposite to you, it’s actually one of my favorites. I feel like its genius is shown in its subtlety though, and it wasn’t a book that I appreciated the first time around, for sure.
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It’s possible I should give it another chance 🙂 It’s been a while, but my general impression is that it was a little cynical and depressing though, so I’m not sure it will ever be something I like.
It’s hard to slog through a book we’re not enjoying…here’s MY MUSING MONDAYS POST
So true 🙂
Gatsby is a strange book.
I thought so too, although it’s been too long since I read it for me to remember all the details of why I didn’t like it.
it may be strange, but I still liked it. does that make me strange? lol
Since it’s a classic, it may actually be those of us who don’t like it that are in the minority 🙂