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I can't remember what the Sirens of Titan was about, but that meant it wasn't one I particularly loved. We read Slaughterhouse 5, and Cat's Cradle for English in high school, then I read almost everything else of Vonnegut's (through Deadeye Dick). I think Slaughterhouse 5 is his best "literary" work.

You guys keep throwing out more and more books that I think, "Hmm, maybe *that* is the one." But I have to stick with Atlas Shrugged. Someone handed it to me freshman year of college, and it was, um, turgid. And badly written. GOD, how did that woman get so many books published?

I used to struggle through books I hated, and then in my mid-20s it occurred to me that there were *too many books* to spend my time on ones I didn't like.

Miron, I love Sophie's World, and read it as an adult. I have a high-order spatial learning disability ("high-order" means it doesn't show up until mid-way through calculus), and I literally am incapable of understanding most philosophy. That book really made philosophy graspable for me. Maybe it *is* for young people, and that is why I can understand it. But I love it anyway.

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They had us read it in Jr. High and I just loved it ever since. Only later did I learn that some folks first read it in an 'introduction to philosophy' University course or similar.

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Fucking Ulysses. What a pain in my ass.

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An irredeemable self-published piece of crap that a friend of my husband's wrote. So ghastly I have repressed the title.

But I also loathe Anna Karenina, and had to read it for two different classes while in college.

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Gearhead, do you like Dostoevsky? One of my friends has a theory that you like either Tolstoy, or Dostoevsky, but not both. I haaaaate Dostoevsky, but I really like Tolstoy. Anna Karenina is actually my favorite of his! I've read it more than twice. :)

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Uh-oh! I just downloaded, after a long wait, the first 50 shades book. I guess we will see what happens! My SIL loves them, but I guess we will see!

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I'm neutral on Dostoevsky-my husband loves Crime and Punishment, but I'm lukewarm about it. I find his life story more interesting than his books! I like Pushkin's short stories, but the Russian writer I love most is Alexander Solzhenitsyn. Excuse me. I need to go read One Day in the Life of Ivan Denisovich again.

Come to think of it, Solzhenitsyn had a might interesting life, too.

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I agree with you about The Fountain Head. What makes the book kind of bad for me, other than that I don't personally object to collectivism, is that the writing style is not particularly good or interesting. It makes it hard to get through such a longwinded book.

Yeah, I remember thinking that in addition to what I thought was poor writing and clearly Mary Sue characters, just how far her notion of individual Objectivism would take her if she was dropped off by herself in the middle of the forest in the Yukon. All of a sudden Collectivism doesn't sound like such repulsive notion.

I'm not going to say that Ayn Rand was a great writer, but how exactly would Collectivism help anyone who was dropped off "by herself" in the middle of the forest in the Yukon? Sounds like Individualism or self-sufficiency would come in more handy there. Just sayin.

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I guess im the only one here that likes ayn rand haha. Must be the libertarian in me.

If I had a problem with the fountianhead it would be that the main female character got raped by the main male character than just fell in love with him like "its all cool"

I find the bible a bit of a snooze fest does that count?

Im not intellectual enough for this conversation.

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The entire twilight series, yeah all of them. I have no excuse. My ex was mad into it.

Oh yeah, I guess I blocked out that first twilight book. I did read the whole thing. AND saw the movie. Ugh. I blame my daughter.

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The worst book I've finished would probably be Monkey Bridge.  I had to read it in my senior year of high school.  It was the more boring, pointless load of drivel I have ever read.  All it was was a 300-page long ramble about how the backwards farming culture of early 20th century Vietnam was vastly preferable to that of the Western world, not-so-cleverly disguised as a story.

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I hate Frankenstein for some reason. There are some that I enjoyed, but they were bad books: all the Black Jewels trilogy, but the three books outside the original trilogy kick ass. [whispers] The whole of the Twilight series (don't ask.) [/whispers]

 

I can't believe that there are people out there who hate Anna Karenina.

 

 I have read two by Dostoevsky and only on by Tolstoy. I liked Crime and Punishment but The Brothers Karamazov was not really to my liking. 

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I found "The Fountainhead" oddly transformative in high school. Once I aged a bit, and read up on Rand's politics, my views changed. I looooved "A Day in the Life of Ivan Denosivich." As for books that sucked hard, I agree about "Catcher in the Rye." So goddamn whiny. Also, I must add "Lord of the Flies." Hated it.

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Anthem by Ayn Rand. I hated it. so. much. People tell me I would like The Fountainhead better, but it's ten times as long, and I find Rand's ideas completely repugnant, so no thank you.

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Probably "Old Man and the Sea" when I was like 14. I would say "Atlas Shrugged" as well, but... I never finished it. It was just too damned long. I actually liked "Anthem" and but, then again, I was also about 14 when I read it and didn't know about Ayn Rand's politics. (I never even attempted "Fountainhead.") I'd be curious how I'd like those books now, 16 years later. I suspect I'd probably dislike "Anthem" and maybe have some sort of distant appreciation for "Old Man and the Sea".... though I don't think I EVER want to attempt to read that one again to found out.

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