Books That Disappoint (not just bad books)
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So, what books have caused you great disappointment? Not just because they were bad, but because you had such High Hopes?
And, while we're at it, has anyone else read this book? Should I have persevered? Did I miss something?
I was disappointed in The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time, because I'd heard so many folks rave on and on about it. It's seemed a lot like a one trick pony, to me.
My biggest disappointment had to be Edith Wharton's Autobiography. I had already read and absolutely loved Ethan Frome, The Age of Innocence and The House of Mirth, because I saw them as scathing commentary on social mores. Then I started reading her autobiography and found out she was a snob, and bigot and a bit of a bore. Talk about losing a pedestal. The pedestal imploded! So, it wasn't so much that the book or the writing were bad, it's just that I hated what I was learning about her.
I read No Vulgar Hotel and I did not share your reaction at all. Mine consisted of turning green with envy at her several-times-yearly sojourns in a city with which I had just fallen in love. All I could think was, "wish I were there".
As to disappointments, I finally got around to reading Neil Gaiman's American Gods. It had been sitting on my shelf for a while, and so many people raved about it that I figured I'd better read it. It wasn't bad, but it sure wasn't all that and a bag of chips, and parts of it were just a cheat.