Oh yes, enough of those literary books that we love, what about those that we've hated? The Blue Bookcase asks, for this installment of the Literary Blog Hop, for us to Discuss a work of literary merit that you hated when you were made to read it in school or university. Why did you dislike it?
I really only have one answer for the this: The Old Man and the Sea. ((shudder))
Granted, I hated my teacher, and was determined to hate the book. But I thought I'd hate it in a "stupid assignment, this is so annoying" way, not a "toothpicks under my fingernails would feel better than this" way.
It's a mere 120-something pages. I'd read Anna Karenina, this should have been cake. But my fear & loathing of the sea teamed up with my irritation & disdain for my teacher and this little renowned book kicked my butt. After the first page or two, I could have sworn that I was reading the same three pages over and over (and over and over) again. Old man is on the sea in small boat. Old man catches fish. Fish is big and strong. Man will not let go. Fish will not give up. Repeat.
I realize I'm going to have to give this another shot at some point. I realize that I will likely think differently of it now than I did then. I realize that it is utterly ridiculous that I've used this little book as an excuse to hate all books about the sea (especially considering I've read two 5-star books in the last 6 months that have "Sea" in the title and partially take place on boats). I realize I need to get over it already.
But complaining about it so much more fun. :)