Friday, September 19, 2008

10 Books NOT to Read?

By now I'm sure most of us have heard of books like 1001 Movies You Must See Before You Die, or 1001 Places to See Before You Die. Obviously Richard Wilson of The Times Online has because he's written an article entitled 10 Books Not to Read Before You Die that I found funny. I hope you do, too! You can find the article here.


  1. It's an interesting list Cathy! I'll have to link to the article.

    Ulysses---I didn't manage to finish but I wrote a paper for the English class in college.

    War and Peace---I taught the book over summer session. I thought half the class will drop after what they had got themselves into!

    Lord of the Rings---Not interested at all.

  2. I thought it was interesting. I never made it through Ulysses and have no desire to give it another go. I made it through The Hobbit and The Fellowship of the Ring but no further. (I'm a lazy sod--I'd rather watch the film versions.) I've read much more Hemingway than I'd care to admit. All college reading, and he just never appealed to me. I've read parts of À la Recherche du Temps Perdu, lost my French copy, tried reading it in English and gave up. I like Tolstoy, especially War and Peace and Anna Karenina. I've read The Iliad AND The Odyssey and liked them both. Pride and Prejudice is one of my favorite books, although I feel somewhat strange in saying that--as if all females are supposed to like P&P.

  3. I think P&P is just classic because of the irony. But Sense and Sensibility is more of a classic to me.

    I minored in classics, so I had to read Homer.

  4. I think I read Homer in a World Lit class. (Could've been in a different class, but I've slept thousands of times since then.) It was one of those times that started out as "have to" and almost immediately turned into "want to".


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