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Dock

I Dont Get William Faulkner.

The first book of his I started to read was 'The Sound and the Fury' and I gave up after a third of it. The southern vernacular was too much like hard work. That was quite a few years ago. Today I gave up after sixty eight pages on his so-called classic 'As I Lay Dying' and thought fuck this life's too short. I have never given up on two books by the same writer in my life but I can safely say me and Faulkner are finished for good.

I'm quite an open minded reader who can get his head around most vernaculars and styles of writing but I think some of this is the emperors new clothes in how people say they are "Really into Faulkner". If any of you are fans let me know what I'm missing but I thought AILD was complete shit. And that's me being nice. I can get on with stream-of-consciousness writing but after sixty eight pages I didn't know anything about characters, story, or anything.

I know we had a similar thread before but are there any writers or books that are supposed to be universally revered but you personally thought they were overrated and babakaka?
Frazier Cranium

Money

by Martin Amis.

His dad's stuff though, now that's fun storytelling.  Money's shit.

I'll definitely be in the minority here too, but I didn't rateBanks' The Wasp Factory very highly either, I noticed that it's massively popular again since the author has admitted to having terminal cancer, bless him, that's awful news.  I did finish the book though, so it can't have been that bad, just nowhere near as good as was recommended to me.
fartcatcher

I found Naked Lunch gave me a bit of a headache. Only interesting bit was spotting all the band/album names in there.

I'm not sure it's a good idea to write books when you're out of your head on hard drugs.
Grind

fartcatcher wrote:
I found Naked Lunch gave me a bit of a headache. Only interesting bit was spotting all the band/album names in there.

I'm not sure it's a good idea to write books when you're out of your head on hard drugs.


Go straight to paperback?
Cutsyke

Is that the one where they walk through a house rather than round it? I couldn't make head nor tale of it but I'm told it's great, a classic even so what do I know?
Grind

Cutsyke wrote:
Is that the one where they walk through a house rather than round it? I couldn't make head nor tale of it but I'm told it's great, a classic even so what do I know?


Sounds like it might be a book that's better to go around rather than through too.
grunt

I've started Under the Volcano about 3 times but didn't get very far. I'm assured it's a really good book so it is probably my bad.
Grind

It heats up the further you get to the bottom of the plot.

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