Friday, November 13, 2009

Books I Don't Get

There are some books that are classics, but after I read them I just don't understand what the fuss is about. Here are my thoughts on some of those:

"The Stranger" by Albert Camus - He was a sociopath. So?

"Metamorphosis" by Franz Kafka - Dysfunctional family. I read the graphic novel and then I read the whole text just to be sure and the only thing that didn't come across fully in the graphic novel was the whole sense of him forgetting his humanity.

"Wuthering Heights" by Emily Bronte - Heathcliff was a jerk and so was Cathy and I'm pretty sure there was a little something going on off-page.

"Flatland" by Edwin Abbott - One of the most classist, sexist things I've ever read. Worst of all, it has virtually nothing to do with math!

It's almost like in the past people didn't understand mental illness or have "Grey's Anatomy" or grocery store tabloids to keep them amused...

1 comment:

Sue said...

I should have read this post first. To be honest, I've never read any of these books. Yeah, I know I'm suppose to have read them, and I even tried reading them, but really! I'm with you, what was that all about. I do like the other Bronte sister's "Jane Eyre", although Mr. Rochester is no saint.

In thinking about it, I think most so called "classic" literature is really a downer. Everything I could think of just doesn't seem suitable for what you are looking for. Although I can think of some great contemporary Science Fiction -- like anything by Sheri Tepper, but especially "The Fresco".