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Friday, August 04, 2006

Overrated

This could kick up some disagreement, but anyhow, let me throw my opinions into the ring.

The 5 most Overrated books:

1. Jonathan Livingston Seagull by Richard Bach
2. The Fountainhead by Ayn Rand (haven't read anything else by her)
3. The Da Vinci Code by Dan Brown
4. The Alchemist by Paulo Coelho
5. The Seven Habits Of Highly Effective People by Stephen R. Covey

What do you think?

As for debunking The Seven Habits and its ilk, there's an erratically excellent book by Francis Wheen called "How Mumbo-Jumbo Conquered the World: A Brief History of Modern Delusions". It's about the load of rubbish people have somehow bought all across the world and is very well researched and written.

5 Comments:

Blogger theworldsbiggestgrimmettfan said...

Spud is less underrated than unknown. And HDM has got all the accolades it deserves.

9:34 AM  
Blogger a.v.koshy said...

i agree that hobbit isn't such a great book - the problem with keshava's list is while jls isn't a great book i feel it happens to be richard bach's best - i agree about fountainhead - i liked we the living - and paulo coelho - 11 minutes is better -but haven't read covey.

4:43 AM  
Blogger theworldsbiggestgrimmettfan said...

You just mean it's underrated in your immediate circle. Worldwide HDM has been hailed as a classic- the first children's book to win the Whitbread award, and Pullman's been called "the greatest storyteller ever" in a respected British broadsheet. He can't quite match JKR's sales (though he's sold in the millions too) but he certainly beats her for critical acclaim.

3:07 AM  
Blogger a.v.koshy said...

illusions?! i beg to differ - i think jls says the same thing more crisply - there's no such place like far away seemed ok too - as for venting sexual frustrations - i would think thats what litt is mostly about anyway
and by the way glad to see you put the unexpurgated version in from power book - you'd be surpised how many bloggers nowadays write in that kind of style -

12:05 PM  
Blogger Feroz said...

JLS is a good book for those who believe deeply in the sprituality business. Literally, as well, the spirituality business is a business beyond all businesses.

3:51 AM  

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