“There's more to life than just books, you know. But not much more...” - The Smiths
Wednesday, October 28, 2009
The Worst Books I've Ever Read Part II
9 out of 10 cows hate this book.
Under the Dog Star by Joseph Caldwell
I can't recall the specifics of this novel (character names, setting, etc.), which I read when I was maybe 16 or 17, but I can remember that it was awful. AWFUL. Not one memorable - or even vaguely interesting - character graced the entire book, and it was basically just a cringe-fest from beginning to end. A sad but abrasive widow lives in an isolated farmhouse with her two teenage kids, a boy and a girl. To make ends meet, she invites a teenage drifter to live with them and do some farm chores. Despite his lack of charm, this urchin proceeds to seduce the entire family, including the cows. How could anyone resist him? The aroma of manure and hay, the grubby fingernails, the way words like "hyuck" trip off his tongue?
I can't remember how Under the Dog Star ends. Not that it really matters. The coolest ending in the history of fiction couldn't redeem this creepy mess.
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