The Artful Dodger wrote:Blood Meridian - Cormac McCarthy
Another disappointing book...barely got through it. A very boring, and difficult, read.
It's a very challenging read, at times self-indulgent in its imagery and prose, and it reads as this overly nihilistic spirit-crushing journey. I liken it to Conrad's Heart of Darkness, except Blood Meridian - in the form of the Judge - sees the human condition through Nietzsche-tinted lenses.
Blood Meridian is not as straightforward or as plot-driven as McCarthy's other books, but I find it to be his most profound work.
TheRock wrote:The Old Man and The Sea - Hemingway
Maybe it's because I was 16 or 17 when I read it, but this was very literally the worst book I ever read.
The Old Man and The Sea is probably Hemingway's easiest novel to read. Not that I'm a fan of his work, as I find Hemingway to be a gifted, yet frustrating writer. For Whom The Bell Tolls is probably his best book and that tends to have equally brilliant and lackluster moments interwoven with one another.
If I were reading Hemingway for the first time, I would probably start with the short stories collection. I still have the complete short stories collection from one of my fiction courses in college and I find them to better in capturing the artistic essence of what Hemingway tried to convey in his writing.