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I'm two-thirds of the way through it (in preparation for a book group I'm leading on Tuesday) and I've never hated a book major characters as much as these. Does the book get any better in the last third or is this Oprah pick the most overrated book ever?

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chaptal
Mar. 10th, 2008 12:30 pm (UTC)
if you do not like it now, you're not going to like it later.
beatnik_bttrfly
Mar. 10th, 2008 01:36 pm (UTC)
I agree with chaptal. Does a book's goodness depend on its characters' likeability? I'm just curious, not baiting or anything (even though it totally sounds like I am)!
blistermoth
Mar. 10th, 2008 09:09 pm (UTC)
Hmm. I may have misspoke. I've loved books where I don't like the characters. Maybe here it's more of a case of not caring what happens.
beatnik_bttrfly
Mar. 10th, 2008 09:15 pm (UTC)
So, it's less an issue of likeability than of investment - namely that the impetus to invest doesn't occur?

I would agree with that re this particular novel - Marquez is truly one of my favorite contemporary novelists, but I was never terribly concerned for the characters in Cholera.
beatgirl
Mar. 10th, 2008 04:33 pm (UTC)
I could not finish it. I started that book twice, the second time was after watching Serendipity and still, no dice. Oprah did that summer of Faulkner thing too. I tried to promote it at the library. FAIL!
melissa52677
Mar. 10th, 2008 09:00 pm (UTC)
I have not read it, but from what I've heard, I think it is of the anti-hero genre.
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