I said yesterday that I don’t really have a favourite book, and I suppose having a least favourite is just as hard. I have read some real rubbish out there, although as a general rule I no longer finish books I don’t enjoy.
I stopped reading The Hunchback of Notre Dame, Moby Dick and The Colour Purple. All great books, but I wasn’t getting into any of them.
But the worst book I ever finished?
Probably this one.
The narrator is whining and annoying, and not in an endearing way. It made my brain hurt just to listen to him think. It was easier to follow the sociopathic, ramblings in a made-up language of Alex in A Clockwork Orange than to have to be in Holden Cauldfield’s head for 50,000 words.
Let us not forget that John Hinkley Jr and Robert John Bardo both carried or took this book with them when going off to kill famous people, and Mark David Chapman quoted from it at his trial as a motivation for shooting John Lennon.
Need I say more.
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