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The Most Loved and Hated Classic Novels According to Goodreads Users

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Daniel Frank has an interesting post about most loved and most hated classics, which had a few surprises for me:

No. 8 of most beloved: The Brothers Karamazov. Really? I’m totally surprised. It’s not an easy novel — I still recall the amazing lecture the tutor Michael Ossorgin gave on the novel and its intricacy — and so many people not only read it but love it? I’m going to have to take another look.

No. 9 of most beloved: Betty Smith’s A Tree Grows in Brooklyn. I certainly liked it but I had no idea that people still read it.

No. 5 of most hated: Gulliver’s Travels. Again, I’m astonished. I thought that novel was totally captivating and a wonderful social and political satire. (And FWIW, I also greatly loved T.H. White’s wonderful inversion and continuation, Mistress Masham’s Repose — along with the great Fritz Eichenberg illustrations.) This one is baffling.

No. 10 of most hated: Madame Bovary, presumably so rated by readers under 40. Madame Bovary really is a novel for adults, and by “adults,” I mean adults of a certain age. If you’re under 40, skip it. If you’re over 40, you probably will not be able to put it down.

More at the link.

Written by Leisureguy

27 January 2020 at 2:25 pm

Posted in Books

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