What great books are actually lousy?

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    Inspired by PoliticalChic's "What book is on your nightstand" thread, I thought I'd ask what book have you read that is critically acclaimed as a classic but that you thought sucked?

    Mine is "100 years of solitude" by Gabriel Garcia Marquez. I persevered for 3 weeks and 350-some pages with this weighty tome, and eventually gave up when I couldn't remember who was related to whom anymore.


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    Paradise Lost
     
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    Is that something you teach your students Kathianne? I agree with you on that one too!


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    Paradise Regained

    worst sequel ever- including caddyshack 2 and godfather 3
     
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    I've never gotten through Gravity's Rainbow.

    I suspect blotter acid would help.
     
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    Felt the same with War and Peace,, it's kinda like trying to make sense of Genisis and who begat whom
     
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    Never! LOL! "Animal Farm", "The Outsiders", and "1984" are all good. Believe it or not, I've had 3 classes really like, "The Invisible Man," I never understood why, but you can almost tell which classes will like which novels.

    I don't know why, but I grew to like Tolstoy, both "Anna Karenina" and "War and Peace." Then again, I liked Hugo's, "Les Misérables," go figure.

    Another nomination for worst, absolutely worst classic, "Beowulf." I was lucky enough to have that torture once in high school and 3 times! in college. Egads.
     
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    old man and the sea...hemingway....

    its a fish...a boat ..and an old man....page after page after endless page....


    Another nomination for worst, absolutely worst classic, "Beowulf." I was lucky enough to have that torture once in high school and 3 times! in college. Egads.
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    o you should be beaten with a stick....you didnt like beowulf...how sad....but then again i have a thing for old english....i didnt care much for "of human bondage" either....
     
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    Call me crazy, but with an opening like this, Beowulf failed to grab my attention, and it goes on for another 40 some chapters. Oh the essays!:

     

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