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    Books That You Found Overrated

    Just yesterday, someone asked me if I read The Secret. I said that I had read it in about 20 minutes. I also saw the author and some of her colleagues interviewed on Oprah. None of them had said anything noteworthy or outstanding. It just seemed as though they were teasing us into buying their shallow book and DVD.

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    Re: Books That You Found Overrated

    Quote Originally Posted by Natalie8
    shallow book and DVD.
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    Since around 2003, I have followed The Law of Attraction
    Is it only me who's seeing the irony here ?
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    Re: Books That You Found Overrated

    Anything by that Paulo Cuelho (?) fella. What a lot of hippy-dippy shite. Perfect Koh Samet, fisherman's pants, rucksack front and back, henna-tattoed, pancake eating, dreadlocked tosspot fare.

    Read real books for fucks sake.

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    Re: Books That You Found Overrated

    the bible.
    Too long in Exile, too long not singing my song.
    Too long like a rolling stone, Too long in exile
    Too long in Exile, baby you just arent my friend.
    Too long in Exile my friend, Baby you can never go home again.

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    Private Dancer. It was a decent enough read, but it's not the bible to expats in Thailand that it's made out to be.

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    JK fuckin' Rowling. Got to page 35 of the first one before deciding that I'd rather pay a chimp to wax my balls than waste any more money on this utter shite!

    Oh yeah, Flyfishing by JR Hartley, luckily now out of print!
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    Re: Books That You Found Overrated

    Quote Originally Posted by Getorfmoiland View Post
    Oh yeah, Flyfishing by JR Hartley, luckily now out of print!
    I miss those adverts!

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    Wayyyy too much hype built around this boring book
    "It's better to burn out than to fade away."
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    The Lost Symbol... Bah! Humbug!

    Quote Originally Posted by Bubba View Post
    Is it only me who's seeing the irony here ?
    no...

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    Re: Books That You Found Overrated

    Sciacca, I concur. I recently read it again after what, 20 years, and to my no great surprise I still wasn't that impressed. I liked Truman Capote's dismissal of it.

    Also, the myths surrounding the actual writing of it; make no mistake, Kerouac had planned the thing for years before he started typing.

    Same with Burroughs - a spoilt twat, blithering.

    And whilst I don't think of him primarily as a writer - or a human being - and going a wee bit off-topic, if I'd have been around that slimy, self-important buffoon Allen Ginsberg, I'd have made the fucker howl alright.

    True story - some Friday nights round at mine I like to put on a CD of the lecherous old gimp purely for comedy. 'Holy, holy, holy..!'

    Fuck 'the beats'. They weren't all that. Really.
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    Re: Books That You Found Overrated

    Quote Originally Posted by Anna Key View Post
    Sciacca, I concur. I recently read it again after what, 20 years, and to my no great surprise I still wasn't that impressed. I liked Truman Capote's dismissal of it.

    Also, the myths surrounding the actual writing of it; make no mistake, Kerouac had planned the thing for years before he started typing.

    Same with Burroughs - a spoilt twat, blithering.

    And whilst I don't think of him primarily as a writer - or a human being - and going a wee bit off-topic, if I'd have been around that slimy, self-important buffoon Allen Ginsberg, I'd have made the fucker howl alright.

    True story - some Friday nights round at mine I like to put on a CD of the lecherous old gimp purely for comedy. 'Holy, holy, holy..!'

    Fuck 'the beats'. They weren't all that. Really.
    Agreed; the Beats owe everything to Henry Miller, who was way ahead of his time (and who really could write)

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    Tropic of cancer! Aha! I often wondered...nice one, man!

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    Re: Books That You Found Overrated

    Quote Originally Posted by Anna Key View Post
    Same with Burroughs - a spoilt twat, blithering.
    tut, silly boy. didn't get it did you?
    "vast and black. the thing that was poised, like a crow over the moon. round and smooth. cannon balls. things that have fallen from the sky to this earth. our slippery brains. things like cannon balls have fallen, in storms, upon this earth. like cannon balls are things that, in storms, have fallen to this earth. showers of blood. showers of blood. showers of blood. " c.f.

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    Re: Books That You Found Overrated

    Quote Originally Posted by tropic of cancer View Post
    the Beats owe everything to Henry Miller, who was way ahead of his time
    I wouldn't say EVERYTHING, but I agree with you about Miller, he was phenomenal.

    Quote Originally Posted by Anna Key View Post
    if I'd have been around that slimy, self-important buffoon Allen Ginsberg, I'd have made the fucker howl alright.
    Slimy, yes. In person, sometimes viscerally lecherous (at least around teenage boys, which my friends and I were) but give him credit for one thing, at least: this forum's 'haikus only' thread...as I'm the OP and he taught me the form in Vermont in 1995.
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    War and Fucking Peace! Jim Thompson said as much in one tenth the words. Tolstoy must have been bored and cold.
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