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Tuesday, July 08, 2008

Classics We Love to Hate

While reading opens a new world to the Queen in The Uncommon Reader, the library’s 2008 All Fairfax Reads selection, there are certainly some authors that she doesn’t fancy. One such writer was Henry James:

“It was Henry James she was reading one tea time, when she said, ‘Oh, do get on.’” (page 49).

While we in library land would never disparage a writer or his or her work, there are some, such as James, that many find hard to digest. Some of the others that certain readers have found difficult to get through include:

Heart of Darkness by Joseph Conrad

Gravity's Rainbow by Thomas Pynchon

Finnegan’s Wake by James Joyce

Great Expectations by Charles Dickens

The Sound and the Fury by William Faulkner

Have you got a classic that wasn’t your cup of tea? Let us know.

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