ITT: books you recognize as masterpieces, but that you absolutely hated reading

ITT: books you recognize as masterpieces, but that you absolutely hated reading

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  1. 1 month ago
    Anonymous

    I ended up enjoying it eventually, but it took me forever to get through The Great Gatsby

    • 1 month ago
      Anonymous

      For me it's the opposite: very quick and easy read, but at the end I thought it was a pile of shit

    • 1 month ago
      Anonymous

      If you're an American from the tri-state area this book is set in, I'd say it's impossible not to appreciate it.

  2. 1 month ago
    Anonymous

    Gotta be Dune. What a painful fricking slog of a read.

  3. 1 month ago
    Anonymous

    Unbearable lightness of being. It's also one of my most anticipated letdowns

    • 1 month ago
      Anonymous

      Both, and Discipline & Punish was laughable.

  4. 1 month ago
    Anonymous

    It was definitely uncomfortable to read. I was also filtered hard. What is the Law? I think I get some of what Kafka was saying, especially since I relate to his israeli neuroticism, but office buildings in all the attics, the painter, his relationships with women, the 2 sides of the court working together, the ending, the parable the priest gives him... I can't bring it together. I've also been putting off looking for explanations cuz I want to ponder it myself

    • 1 month ago
      Anonymous

      The book is a rough draft, that's what kills it.
      I think the main message is to take charge of your life, don't try to get help from others

  5. 1 month ago
    Anonymous

    I think in the right mental state (read: manic and smoking a lot of pot), it would have been much more sensible, but as it was it had a few funny moments in the second half and a brief realization that Witold and Fuks were kinda moronic somewhere in the third chapter. I found it oppressive and annoying, where in retrospect it was doing it on purpose and that was the point.

    I think I was taken hook and line and it was an anti-novel about the experience of reading a novel, played like a fiddle the whole way. Creating reality in front of you, finding meaning in the signs presented, holding on to them, schizo associations between them that the narrator hands you at the same time and your voices are behind each other. Took me 4 days to read and I wasn't exactly trying to bemberg it.

    I'm going to have to go through it again and force someone else to read it to get a clear opinion, but right now it was tiresome.

    • 1 month ago
      Anonymous

      Ferdydurke was so shit.
      I can't express how much I hate this homosexual.

    • 1 month ago
      Anonymous

      Ferdydurke was so shit.
      I can't express how much I hate this homosexual.

      Gombrowicz was a genuine charlatan. No wonder truelit loves him. Gombrowicz was so insecure about his mediocrity and failure that he seethed and whinged at Borges any chance he got, even making Borges a caricature in his novels to the point that in the books, Borges had down syndrome all because Borges never acknowledged him at a dinner party

      • 1 month ago
        Anonymous

        Oh but when Dante puts his bully in a vat of shit in literal hell he is a genious and a pillar of western civilization, huh?

        • 1 month ago
          Anonymous

          Yes, because Dante had genuine talent — not some gay little polish israelite

        • 1 month ago
          Anonymous

          See, the thing with you heebs is you can never operate honestly. You always have to be dishonest slimy creatures.
          Here your trickery is in ignoring that Dante's work is written in hendecasyllabic "terza rima" form, a beautiful and technically-impressive work of poetic art. No, let's ignore that completely and boil it down to a fanfic where he puts le bullies in le bad situations.

          Day of the rope any time now

  6. 1 month ago
    Anonymous

    Ulysses. Only Circe and Penelope salvaged it the first time through
    It is now my favorite book that I go back to every summer

    • 1 month ago
      Anonymous

      >It is now my favorite book that I go back to every summer
      you might want to read this thread's topic again

      • 1 month ago
        Anonymous

        I did hate reading it the first time through. Maybe if OP went back to the book in the op he would appreciate it more as well

        • 1 month ago
          Anonymous

          OP here, I fricking doubt it. Have you read The Trial? It's not a finished book, it's a draft that was published after Kafka's death.
          This means the pacing is all over the place: a mundane boring conversation with a tertiary female character goes on very long, a chapter where shit actually seems to be happening (either plot-wise or philosophy-wise, or both) is cut incredibly short. The whole thing is a mess.
          BUT, its central themes, some scenes, and the overall idea of it make it a masterpiece.

          No way I'm reading it again though

          • 1 month ago
            Anonymous

            >Have you read The Trial?
            I did. It's great. I feel what you decry as faults actually enhance the feeling of uncanninnes and the surreal and oppressive atmosphere. Regardless, Kafka is a master of discontinuity.
            Plus there is so much to glean from an allegorical viewpoint. You really should go back to it

          • 1 month ago
            Anonymous

            I didn't miss anything, it's why I consider it a masterpiece. It still wasn't pleasant in the slightest to go through, and I wish he hadn't died before finishing it

          • 1 month ago
            Anonymous

            >I didn't miss anything
            Did you catch the Daoist themes?

          • 1 month ago
            Anonymous

            I don't believe you that you can articulate what makes it a masterpiece outside of critical consensus, sorry OP

            ok midwits

          • 1 month ago
            Anonymous

            No shame in being filtered, but to deny it occurred is just cope

          • 1 month ago
            Anonymous

            >but I didnt get filtered
            >NUH UH YOU DIIIIID
            so do we need to drag this on a little more or are we done

          • 1 month ago
            Anonymous

            I don't believe you that you can articulate what makes it a masterpiece outside of critical consensus, sorry OP

  7. 1 month ago
    Anonymous

    How are his other books?

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