10 Hateful, Overrated Pieces Of "Literature"
- 10) Meridian - Alice Walker
- 9) A Farewell to Arms - Ernest Hemingway
- 8) Jude the Obscure - Thomas Hardy
- 7) Tender is the Night - F. Scott Fitzgerald
- 6) Maurice - E.M. Forster
- 5) The Grapes of Wrath - John Steinbeck
- 4) Anna Karenina - Leo Tolstoy
- 3) Madame Bovary - Gustav Flaubert
- 2) A Prayer for Owen Meaney - John Irving
- 1) Player Piano - Kurt Vonnegut
"Anna Karenina" and "Madame Bovary" are essentially the same novel. Shallow, married women shouldn't have affairs ... or something to that effect. "A Prayer for Owen Meaney" is several hundred pages of vomit (like everything else John Irving writes). The familiar motifs of bears, Vienna, wrestling, New England private schools, and incest are touched upon, natch. "Player Piano" doesn't read like it was written by Vonnegut.