Maybe it’s just me but has any of you ever read a book that made you feel like a total idiot? Being an avid reader I have read a lot of books, and there were some books that just left me scratching my head. Perhaps total idiot was taking it a bit too far but I am positive that I have read things that made me feel like I might be lacking in the intelligence department. It really bothers me because I want to be able to comprehend what is going on (and not because it’s written in a foreign language). Rather, I am curious as what the author is trying to say. Sometimes I somewhat feel a little bitter when other people “get” the book or at least claim they get it and I myself feel the exact opposite. Here’s just an example of a book that has made me feel dumb.
The Sound and the Fury by William Faulkner
No book has ever made me feel like I was lacking in intelligence than William Faulkner’s The Sound and the Fury. Yes Shakespeare was difficult, but that’s a different story. I knew what the book was about, but when I started to read it, I kept asking myself “What the heck is going on?” I had no idea what the whole purpose of the story was and that frustrated me. I will admit I actually didn’t finish this book because after a hundred pages in I couldn’t muster to read the rest. I was so bored, confused, and upset because nothing made sense. The writing style, grammar, and story line were so fragmented and chaotic that it was miserable to read it. William Faulkner is obviously a brilliant writer but the whole time I was reading this, I felt like he was “trying” to mock his readers. Moreover, the fact that you have to result going to Sparknotes or even Wikipedia to know what is going in a book just takes the fun out of reading it and I do not like that. To top that, when I read reviews for this book praising it, and how great it was I just sit there and come up with this conclusion: I’m a complete idiot…Yea, I don’t want to feel that way.