If you enjoy literary works and want to meet others who blog about the same-- hop on over to The Blue Bookcase and join us for this week's literary blog hop. We are discussing a question provided by Lucia:
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'll admit I could not stand Waiting for Godot by Samuel Beckett. I spent six weeks of the summer of my junior year of college studying in France, and one of my courses was on the theater of the absurd. (Thank God the other course was on medieval French literature.) I disliked the theater course in general, but mercifully, the other plays have faded from my memory. However I do remember Waiting for Godot because I had previously been made to suffer through it when it came on TV (PBS). It was interminable. While I realize it's supposed to be comic, I was too bored to be amused. And I know that it has been analyzed to death, and people have imposed all sorts of interpretations upon it-- but I was too bored to even try to pick the thing apart. Maybe I was too young when I was exposed to it. Maybe if I were to try to watch it or read it now I would have more patience. But I doubt it. Listening to two men sitting around doing nothing but whining, then repeating it all over again is not my idea of a stimulating evening.
What work of literary merit left you cold?