Another vote for The Catcher In The Rye, and (dis)honourable mentions for Brave New World & The Shadow In The Wind.
F. Scott Fitzgerald
Edgar Allan Poe
George RR Martin
These are the writers who spring to mind right now.
Spot the odd one out...
My intention was to contrast and compare, and then come to some sort of conclusion as to why we disagree. But guess what, I'm full of ****.
But all is not lost, we agree on something. Dostoevsky is my favourite novelist (although I probably only understand a quarter of what he achieves in each of his works).
Do you like any of the others I mentioned?
Yeah brave new world was a letdown , so was 1984 .... Animal Farm far superior to either...
The only other person there that I've read is Joyce. I quiet enjoyed Dubliners, but I struggled with Ulysses. It felt good voicing his words, but I wasn't quiet sure what was going on.
I'm always threatening to tackle Hemingway. I quiet like Steinbeck, and I've been told more than once that he's a poor man's Hemingway (probably opening a can of worms here), so hopefully I'll find him enjoyable.
I'm actually relatively new to fiction, and only became familiar with Dostoevsky because of how often he is referred to in the non-fiction that I read.
I probably sounded like a proper literary buff earlier when I asked for your favourite authors. I'm not. I was just working off a hunch, that you prefferred something more literal over something highly figurative, like McCarthy. But that doesn't seem to be the case, especially with George RR Martin in there.
Highly regarded....maybe, or maybe not...but I'll go for it anyhoo.
Flann O'Briens The Third Policeman.
I simply found it weird, I didn't get it at all. It's raved about by boardsies, but it was lost on me.
Also, Catch 22 is amazing, how people didn't like that is beyong me. Each to their own
I have to say, I was horribly disappointed in The Road. It was recommended to me by a few people, and it sounds in summary like exactly the type of thing I'd like, but I just found it boring. I barely rooted for the characters at all, there were only two points in the whole book where I felt anything (they were ), and by the time it finished, I thought the ending was terrible but wasn't even involved in the book enough to feel let down by the lack of a good ending.
The most overrated books in my opinion? I don't know if they'd be classed as highly regarded, but they're certainly the most widely loved books I've come across - the Harry Potter books. I read the first four when I was younger, grew out of it, and to be honest I now regard them as mildly entertaining children's books. While I do think they're imaginative, they're so hugely overrated that I have very little time to appreciate their actual value because I'm so annoyed by all the hype surrounding them.
Have you seen the movie adaptation. The 'spoiler' scene you referred to is captured brilliantly.
'On the Road'.
Dull, and awful character names.
The Road is overrated. I'm not even sure how well rated the novel is, but it seems to me the least literary of all McCarthy's novels.
Blood Meridian is his best work. Even at that, I wouldn't put him in my top 50 writers.
Celia Ahern's books are rubbish chick lit without any literary value.
To be honest I thought the movie was even worse unfortunately.