Tender is the Night, by F Scott Fitzgerald: It was almost as if F. Scott got bored with his own random ramblings and he decided to hurry and finish it up.

If I’ve ever wanted to stop reading a book, it was this one. I hated reading it. The storyline wasn’t *horrible*…it was okay. But Fitzgerald rambled on and on and on about things totally irrelevant to situations throughout the entire book. From paragraph to paragraph, he often skipped forward or backward vast amounts of time. He used a great deal of French, in vocabulary as well as conversations. There were a couple annotations including translations in the text but not nearly for every instance…I found it very annoying. F. Scott took a long time to write this book and it shows. The first half was a horrible read. It got better in the second half, especially at the end. It was almost as if F. Scott got bored with his own random ramblings and he decided to hurry and finish it up, just sticking to the main points. If he would have done that with the entire book, it would have made a HUGE difference and perhaps the reading would not have been so awful. I decided to read this because I greatly enjoyed The Great Gatsby….that’s what I get for assuming this would be a great read as well. Disappointed to say the least.

Source: Goodreads. Marcy.

The Stranger, by Albert Camus: That’s a sad bastard way to live your life.

I hated this book and wouldn’t consider it worth burning. It might suck the life out of the fire.

I read this book in High School and hated it with such a passion I still remember it (11 years later). I was initially interested in it because we were studying philosophy and after a few questionnaires and stuff like that I was tagged as being an existentialist. From the way they described it it sounded about right and I was looking forward to reading a book centered pretty heavily around that. I was greatly disappointed when we started the book, but wanted to give it a chance, but it (like the main character) never really got going.

I may be wrong but my take on existentialism isn’t sit around bored and lazy all day until something external changes your life. If this book is what existentialism is about I’m an anti-existentialist.

Moving past the philosophical frustrations I had with it, the story itself is not very good. There’s only one big event that happens in the whole story and the rest of it is the main character whining incessantly about anything and everything despite not having a particularly bad/hard life. It may rain today so I’m not going to go out and do anything. My girlfriend wants to have dinner with friends/family (or something like that) but I don’t want to do anything. That’s a sad bastard way to live your life. Camus once said “there is only one truly serious philosophical problem, and that is suicide” I wish he would have done it and save the world from this stupid waste of paper.

Source: Goodreads. Toshi.

A Tale of Two Cities, by Charles Dickens: I am surprised that this was all the story was about.

 

This is the first and last Charles Dickens novel or any 19th century novel I will ever read….unless I am stuck on a deserted island and have enough time and concentration to spend on analysing old english.

I wish I could read like a literature major…but I can’t. I understood the story…but was struggling so much with the language that I never got a feeling or attachment to any of the characters.

I read the Wikipedia right up. It summarized the book very well. I understood it….I guess for all that reading…I am surprised that this was all the story was about.

It was a like an 19th century soap opera.

I had a friend that loved and read and reread all of Charles Dickens novels. I wish I was her, but I am not. I like a story told in clear concise english. I really find it hard to believe that you could travel back to the 19th century and people would speak the way Dickens claims they did

Of Mice and Men, by John Steinbeck: Just as soon as I thought something interesting was going to happen, it didn’t.

Of Mice and Men was not really a good book. I got tired of reading. I thought it was really boring, it was pointless, and the action was nowhere to be found.

I thought it was really, really boring. A book about two guys that need each other. People need each other everyday! When it started and it talked about Lennie being mentally challenged, I thought “this book might be ok,” but when I was reading, I just wanted to put the book down. The title really was it for me anyway, but it was an assignment so I had to do it. I’m am not really a reader anyway, so when I read something it has to be really interesting.

This book was meaningless! I found no point in this “art work”. I say this because there wasn’t really anything going on. Ok, there were little things with Curly’s wife. Soon as she came around things were so wrong and messed up. She caused so much trouble, wow. The storyline was corny!

Last but not least, there was no action. There parts in the book where Lennie “hurt” people. The part where he crushed Curly’s hand and when he snapped Curly’s wife’s neck, but that is nothing major. Just as soon as I thought something interesting was going to happen, it didn’t. That’s just like getting on a kiddie rollercoster. You think you are going to go up and drop really fast and scream with excitement, but instead its just rides in a circle all the way around. Its a “oh ok” instead of a “yaaaaayyyyyyyy!!”

In conclusion, I despise “Of Mice and Men”. It was one of the worst books i ever read. The movie was alright, but as for the book…it’s corny, it’s boring, and it was no action! People want to ban books for fantasy, they need to ban this one for being boring. It is cruel and unjust punishment and should not be read ANYWHERE!!

Source: Goodreads. 4Georgia.

Of Mice and Men, by John Steinbeck: I prefer not to read them.

So far, I have read Of Mice and Men and The Grapes of Wrath by John Steinbeck, and I personally hated both. I know that there are books out there that are written with the intention of making the reader “think” or “feel” or “see outside the box,” but I just don’t want to read a depressing book. I am the kind of person who reads to get away from the depression and anxiety of everyday life and find a heartwarming story to lift my spirits. If you’re looking for a book that will leave you feeling like crap, then I highly recommend it, but if not, I don’t. Don’t get me wrong, Steinbeck is am excellent writer. Every line is eloquently written and his verbal imagery is impeccable, but his novels seem to focus on the most depressing subjects, and I prefer not to read them.

Source: Goodreads. Sarah.

The Diary of A Young Girl, by Anne Frank: Anne flunks out.

Anne Frank is a diary – One that I didn’t enjoy. The time period is great, everything should set up for a good story, but Anne flunks out. Her book seems to have chapters of dialog between people that we don’t even know – People she hasn’t introduced properly.

Some people may gain insight into WWII life, but for me it was just a jumbled mess.

Source: Goodreads. Eric Novaks.

North and South, by Elizabeth Gaskell: While I sympathize with the plight of the workers it is NOT a simple problem.

I know many of my friends love this book but I didn’t! I didn’t love any of the characters…except the mill owner who she looked down on–He was good. The mother and father drove me nuts. I think part of my dislike of the book comes from the labor union stuff. We were on the receiving end of unscrupulous union practices (i.e. Lance was set up and then brought up on federal charges during the summer of 2007) so while I sympathize with the plight of the workers it is NOT a simple problem or an outdated one.

Source: Goodreads. Collette.