Best books of the century as reviewed by amazon.com customers…

(these are about the worst extract I could find, just for a laugh…)

1. Ulysses, James Joyce

"This is one of those books that "smart" people like to "read." Well if being smart means liking this, count me out! I don’t know if it’s modern, post-modern or what: but I know this much, I’d rather just curl up with "Bridges of Madison County" for a good cry! I don’t understand why such a ‘great’ author can’t seem to come up with a straightfoward plot that makes sense. I’d like to have seen Leopold patch things up with Molly, am I right? I mean, let’s get down to brass tacks: don’t we all hate those intellectuals who consider this one of the century’s ‘finest works of literary craft’? I mean these are the people who put "Citizen Kane" in the top ten…and totally ignored "Life as a House"! (No offense, but Orson Welles is no Kevin Kline!) Unless Oprah puts it on her book list, I won’t be picking this one up again, that’s for sure."

2. The great Gatsby, F. Scott Fitzgerald

"Much to my disappointment I found nothing more than an a superficial plot based mostly on descriptions of the 1920’s."

"I could never get in to this book. It was so slow and I could never pay attention. Every time I would read it I would fall asleep. I could never get through 3 pages with out taking a break or already sleeping. If you were to ask me what it was about I really would not be able to tell you, because it was horrible. It was a bunch of people that were friends and I do not even remember if there was truly a point to this book. I do not even know what the plot was. I know that there was one but i do not know what it was. It was not even that long ago that I read the book and I do not even remember what it was about. Actually I do not even think that i finished the book because I just could not bring myself to finish it."

"I don’t like writing bad reviews for books since I would never want to defer anyone from reading a book just because I said it was bad but I just have to say how I feel exactly about this book. To be quite honest I have never been more disappointed in a book before. I heard many praises about this book but when I actually read it I kept asking myself what is wrong with so many people who think this is a great book…I guess it’s because the title of the book has the word great in it."

4. Lolita, Vladimir Nabokov

"Along with catch-22, the worst book I have ever read. (…) I admit I have only read 30 something pages. But that is just testament to how bad this book is (in my opinion). Despite its reputation, and my entire summer’s worth of free-time, i could only get 30 pages in. What do I remember from these 30 pages? NOTHING. (…)"

"Utter rubbish masquerading as good literature" "Wake Me When It’s Over. (…) Most American readers are not fluent in French, so to have conversations or interjections in French with no translation, is plain dumb. (…)"

5. Brave new world, Aldous Huxley

"This was the worst book that I have ever read! The way that Huxley wrote the book was awful. He was writing about something that could never happen to our society. Back then he thought that our world would pretty much go to hell and the book portrayed the world that we should be living in today. Nothing that he said made sense. I don’t understand why he would want anyone to live in that weird world that those people had to live in. People should have emotions and actual relationships. No one should be punished like that. I advise you not to read this book, unless you want to fall asleep!! :) "

"(…) I prefer books with red covers. You may say the color of the book’s cover has nothing to do with it being good, but who are you to dictate what criteria I use to evaluate books. This book does NOT have a red cover, so in the trash it goes."

6. The sound and the Fury, William Faulkner

"I found "The Sound and the Fury" to not only be extremely boring and depressing, but also to be poorly written. I’m not talking grammar, punctuation, or spelling; I’m talking about a story being written in a cohesive, internally consistent, and comprehensible manner." "Faulkner’s "great work", I feel, is just so much confusing literary junk."

"It is 427 pages of incomprehensible jibberish. I couldn’t follow it at all, whether the guy was or wasn’t in Harvard, what character was speaking, and what was up with all the words in italics?"

Based on the list from Modern Library’s 100 best books of the 20th century

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