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clareantoinette
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@drbertholdt wrote:

I hate Ulysses.
The first time I read it, when I was a teenager, I didn’t even understand it. In college, I took a class that was devoted almost entirely to it. I thought that would make me like it (I’ve never really hated an assigned reading). I was wrong. It’s not that I can’t appreciate the skill and thought that went into it; Joyce was clearly a genius, and there’s no denying that Ulysses was a grand accomplishment. That said, I still hate it. I feel kind of guilty about it, but there it is.
Have you ever truly detested a book that’s regarded as one of the greatest books of all time?

Oh, absolutely. Some books that I hated in my youth and have not had time to pick up again now that I might actually understand them, are Moby Dick, The Grapes of Wrath, and The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn. I have a feeling I’d like Grapes of Wrath now, but not so sure about the other two. Moby Dick is just… boring, and I haven’t really liked anything by Mark Twain. 😳