A long, long time ago, I used to do the memes at Booking Through Thursday. In an attempt to begin doing so again (I remember it used to make me think about my favourite thing to do – reading – in great depth, and I used to love it), here’s my answer to the question put up over there for the week.
What, in your opinion, is the best book that you haven’t liked? Mind you, I don’t mean your most-hated book–oh, no. I mean the most accomplished, skilled, well-written, impressive book that you just simply didn’t like. Like, for movies–I can acknowledge that Citizen Kane is a tour de force and is all sorts of wonderful, cinematically speaking, but . . . I just don’t like it. I find it impressive and quite an accomplishment, but it’s not my cup of tea. So . . . what book (or books) is your Citizen Kane?
My answer: It is ‘Love Story’ by Erich Segal. I know it was a bestseller, the storyline was poignant and a lot of people absolutely adore it. But somehow, I didn’t like it when I read it long back. I have read books with similar themes (A walk to remember, for instance) and loved them. But this one somehow didn’t appeal to me on the first reading.
Maybe it was the language used, maybe the time of reading wasn’t just right. Not sure. Someday, I want to pick up the book again, to see how much I have changed, and how differently I can view the story now.
What is the ‘good, but no, thanks’ book for you? Do drop in a line in the comments box.