As it's friday afternoon, and inspired by Gaw's mention of Hardy, I thought I would compile a list of some of the writers that I currently don't like. I realise that this list is arbitrary because you approach and read books at different stages of life, and I may just have not liked these books because I approached them at the wrong moment. Anyway, on with my blacklist:
- Thomas Hardy - nice words but rubbish, boring storylines with nebulous weedy endings.
- EM Forster - ditto. (The Cucumber Sandwich of novelists)
- DH Lawrence - ditto.
- Hemingway - ditto.
- John Fowles - ditto.
- Lawrence Durrell - ditto
- Don DeLillo - boooring, tries too hard to be overly 'heavy' . self-concious american stuff.
- People who write 'humorous' travel books - Bryson, McCarthy, and all the rest, (see also people who write those books about how whimsical we british are, teapots, crumpets, rain etc.)
- Jane Austen - rubbish.
- Ian McEwen - over-hyped and over-angsty, I read every book wanting to kill his weedy characters.
- Alexander McCall Smith/ Joanne Harris etc - feeble whimsy
- Tolkien and any swordy fantasy stuff - No explanation required.
- Grahame Greene - (see also Ian McEwen)
- Tom Wolfe - ('I am Charlotte Simmons' was one of the worst books I have ever read)
- Haruki Murakami - Ian McEwan for teenagers.