Thursday, March 19, 2009

Booking Through Thursday

What’s the worst ‘best’ book you’ve ever read — the one everyone says is so great, but you can’t figure out why?

Most recently, On Beauty by Zadie Smith. I found this to be an absolutely horrible read. I am one of those people that will usually stick it out to the very end once I start a book. But this one ... it was so awful I don't even think I made it to the 50 page mark. Before reading it I had read so much good press about Smith. This novel was shortlisted for the Man Booker and won the Orange prize. But wow! I thought it was a stinker.

5 comments:

Mary said...

Again, with the horrible Booker prize books!

Calon Lan said...

Based on this description, I think I'll stay away from the book! It doesn't sound like my cup of tea.

writemeg said...

I've heard a lot about Zadie Smith, and I've been tempted to pick up White Teeth a few times. But I'll probably avoid On Beauty -- it's never really grabbed my attention!

mattviews said...

Read White Teeth and didn't like it. Flipped through On Beauty and it was worse. I give up on the author.

Julie said...

I'm like you in that I absolutely hate to quit on a book, so I'm going to take your word about On Beauty and stay far, far away from it!