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    Diary of Anne Frank
    The complete version, inclusive the pages where Anne Frank writes down her lesbian feelings.

    Big book of jewish conspiracies
    Jews trying to being funny about anti-jewish conspiracy theories.

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    The Sound and the Fury - Faulkner

    Wide Sargasso Sea - Jean Rhys

    And, although it's a play, A Raisin in the Sun - Lorraine Hansburry

    All of these I had to read in English class.
    "the savage who loves himself, his wife and child with quiet joy and glows with limited activity of his tribe as for his own life is ...a more real being than that cultivated shadow who is enraptured with the shadow of the whole species" - Herder

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    Disgrace by J. M. Coetzee.

    Disgusting story where the main characters are almost as vile as the villains.

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    Midnight's Children by Salman Rushdie, required for my postmodern English literature class. I guess Indian culture and magical realism just aren't my thing. I would skip entire pages. I finally lost my patience and rather than continue to go through the agony, I ended up looking up the plot summary online.

    Other Voices, Other Rooms by Truman Capote was just sickening. I'm a fan of the Southern Gothic style, just as long as it doesn't contain any homosexual tones, thank you very much.

    Ulysses by James Joyce. I don't like Joyce in general, but this novel gave me headaches literally. The style is chaotic and puzzling. Joyce himself had said that he had "put in so many enigmas and puzzles that it will keep the professors busy for centuries arguing over what I meant".

    Not really a book, but The Dada Manifesto also makes it to my list of worst readings. This is IMO the kind of read that makes one shrug and ask "huh?"

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    Fight Club.

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    Hmm, far too many in highschool times, because it wasn't easy to find reviews or summaries of Romanian writers online. The winner has to be "Bach Concert" by Hortensia Papadat-Bengescu. It's about snobism, parvenitism, psychological decadence and she is very obsessed with disease. The author was a little feministic.

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    The Gift. I don't even remember who wrote it but it was lame. Starship Troopers is up there too. Way too overhyped book. I think you would be hard pressed to find any actual story in it besides the necoonservative rantings of the author.

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    A Fairwell to Arms by Ernest Hemingway was one of the worst books I have read in recent times. Originally, I was interested in Hemingway after reading a few of his short stories. There was so much hype surrounding his novels, that I decided to pick one up. Luckily, I first picked up The Sun Also Rises, which I absolutely adored. Next, I picked up A Fairwell to Arms and could not even finish it; it was like an awful romance movie out of the 40s or 50s - over-dramatic with flat characters.

    Ayn Rand, whose works I normally enjoy, is also responsible for one of the worst examples of dystopian fiction I've ever read. Anthem had potential in the first few dozen pages, but the climax and the conclusion of the story was simply laughable and purely disastrous.

    Lastly, Henry Ibsen's play, A Doll's House, was well-written itself. But, I hated the characters so much that it was difficult to read. Perhaps this was the point. I certainly didn't enjoy writing a college paper on it though!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Aeternitas
    Midnight's Children by Salman Rushdie, required for my postmodern English literature class. I guess Indian culture and magical realism just aren't my thing. I would skip entire pages. I finally lost my patience and rather than continue to go through the agony, I ended up looking up the plot summary online.
    Yeah, my teacher this past year had a hard on for magical realism (well, she didn't have a literal one, but you know what I mean) and made us read that as well as a lot of Isabel Allende and Gabriel Garcia Marquez. I find it funny that my senior year was wasted studying a genre which a good portion of the literary community deny the existence of on the basis that it's just another name for crap-ass fantasy. And I'm tired of Allende going on about PASSION when all she's talking about is sex. Lots and lots of sex.

    But besides that, I was annoyed at reading The Chosen, which is about Jews playing softball in Brooklyn (and people say stereotypes are inaccurate).

    And the worst was Twelve Years A Slave. It's a required part of the high school curriculum by Louisiana law. Synopsis: A black guy gets kidnapped from New York because he can play the fiddle and dragged back to Marksville, Louisiana (where I went to school) and sold as a slave. He already had a family in New York, but couldn't help but make more children with some other slave. Obviously, if you need a slave, you're going to go all the way to New York for one when there are ships coming to New Orleans every day dropping them off.

    Sorry for ranting.

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    Washington Square - Henry James
    The poetry of Jim Morrison.
    Pornucopia - Piers Anthony
    Infinite Jest - David Foster Wallace
    Cosmic Trigger - Robert Anton Wilson
    The 120 Days of Sodom - The Marquis de Sade
    A Clockwork Orange - Anthony Burgess
    EVERYTHING from Ernest Hemingway
    The beatniks. Naked Lunch, kadish, On the Road, etc.

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