Thursday, March 19, 2009

Booking Through Worst Books

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How about, “What’s the worst ‘best’ book you’ve ever read — the one everyone says is so great, but you can’t figure out why?”

Not an easy one to answer. I simply leave books after few pages if I can't go on. When I was a teenager, one book I plodded despite not liking it was Mrs Dalloway by Virginia Woolf. I just did not get it, at that time. The stream of consciousness somehow left me cold. Now I do read such books and love those too. Maybe I should give Mrs Dalloway another chance.

Three years back, I read The Alchemist by Paulo Coelho. I found it too simplistic. I would rate it as the worst book I have read till date.