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Famous Brits pick their most-hated books

Famous Brits pick their most-hated books
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This list of the most blasphemous books is from 2003, but it’s entertaining nonetheless.

JJ Ballard: author

Venegans Week by James Joyce

Joyce’s incomprehensible novel, which has provided a livelihood for generations of masters of English literature, represents an unfortunate trend in twentieth-century fiction: the pursuit of utter obscurity. Finnegans Wake is the best example of modernity disappearing from the ground up.

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Jonathan Meads: Author and broadcaster

Harry Potter books by J.K. Rowling

“I think they’re absolutely bad, just awful, worse than Enid Blyton. I discouraged my kids from reading them. They are not badly written and I don’t mind bad writing, it’s the arrogance and complicity with a reader I don’t like. It’s almost as if it was written by a focused group.” J.K. Rowling is the sub-literary counterpart to Tony Blair.”

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Dr. Jonathan Miller: Director, author and broadcaster

Any thing by Jacques Derrida

“When I dive into the mysterious depths of Derrida, I feel like I am drowning, I can deal with difficult subjects, but Derrida fails to make them interesting, because his writing is completely impenetrable. It claims to be philosophical, but in fact it is pervertedly obscure.”

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Sir John Mortimer: Author and creator of Rumpole

the Lord of the Rings by JRR Tolkien

“Anything about Gandalf, and those little things with hair between her toes. I hate this kind of pseudo, pseudo, magical medieval writing.”

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Ken Russell: Movie director

Atlas shrugs by Ayn Rand

“It has a great reputation as a masterpiece, but I found it to be a fascist oration about how wonderful American business tycoons were. Yet it is very cleverly written.”

What is your most hated book? me toss-up between Under game And Secret History.

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