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Booking Through Thursday: Best

October 2, 2008

From Booking Through Thursday

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?

This prompt took me a while to answer. I actually had to go back through my GoodReads library and look at the list of books I’ve read over the past few years. However, as soon as I saw it, I knew which book I’d pick: The Kite Runner.

I loved the first half of the book. I loved that it held my interest without big events happening every few pages. I loved that it focused on the ordinary life of the characters.

I did not love the second half of the book. I thought it got too fast, to the point that it no longer became believable to me. The careful development that I loved about the first half seemed to have been tossed out the window in favor of a high speed play-by-play of extreme events.

I stayed up until 4 in the morning to finish it, but more because I had to get it done. The emotional reactions I’d had to the characters in the first half were long gone, and I was essentially reading because I was curious how the book would end. I finished it, went “Wait…what?”, went to bed, and picked up a new book in the morning.

I know the book is well written, relevant, and probably more realistic than I might think. I know the rest of the world loved it. I thought I was going to love it, but I didn’t.

  1. Smilingsal permalink
    October 2, 2008 10:49 am

    I haven’t read it and was feeling left out because so many others were talking it up. Now, I’m fine! Come visit.

  2. Marianne Arkins permalink
    October 2, 2008 1:26 pm

    Never read it… didn’t really want to. I tend to read for pure entertainment and not edification (unless it’s non-fiction). <>::shrugs::<>Maybe I’m shallow? *G*

  3. Tina K permalink
    October 2, 2008 10:25 pm

    From the reviews, I can’t tell if I’d like it. It mostly seem like it is a novel about an issue. Not sure if I like that idea.

  4. October 1, 2010 6:55 pm

    I haven’t read this one but I did like One Thousand Splendid Suns.

    • Erin permalink*
      October 2, 2010 8:18 am

      I’ve hear A Thousand Splendid Suns is most people’s favorite. I really should give that one a try!

  5. October 2, 2010 4:06 am

    I felt pretty much the same about this book, and given that everyone else did seem to universally love it, it’s so nice to see that I’m not the only one! I actually don’t think the second half of the book gels at all with the first, and by the very end, it just doesn’t even feel very well written.

    Which is a massive shame, because I thought the first half of the book was wonderful and I was really excited about it at that point.

    • Erin permalink*
      October 2, 2010 8:19 am

      Hooray, someone who agrees with me! 🙂 I agree, I loved the first half of the book, and then the second half just deteriorated. Did you read A Thousand Splendid Suns? Many people have told me they liked it better.

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