BTT: Unread

June 11, 2009

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I haven’t done Booking Through Thursday in a couple of weeks, so this is a good time to start getting caught up. This question comes from May 28, but I felt like answering it over today’s question.

Is there a book that you wish you could “unread”? One that you disliked so thoroughly you wish you could just forget that you ever read it?

There are a few books I wish I could “unread”. For instance, The Trial is something that immediately comes to mind. I know a lot of people eat up that Kafka stuff with great relish, but I thought the work was just terrible. I can’t believe I wasted my time with that rubbish!

Another book I couldn’t stand was Walden by Henry David Thoreau. Walden made me want to rip my hair out from sheer boredom and frustration. Seriously, I’ve never encountered another work where the author was so thoroughly full of himself as to firmly believe that he was doing everything the right way, while everyone else was just wasting their precious lives. Ugh!

And finally, my list wouldn’t be complete without putting The House of the Seven Gables on it. This book was filled with a whole lot of nothing, and could easily have been condensed to a quarter of its size. But no, Hawthorne had to ramble on and on with long, drawn-out descriptions of everything he could think of. The only solace I can take here is that I won’t have to worry about seeing Hepzibah’s wrinkled, haggard face in HDTV. I mean, no one could possibly turn this into a movie, could they? Oh, wait. Of course they did!

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