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Anti Climax (Books that are supposed to be great)

Mr. Cp McBride
 
Dracula (Penguin Classics)
Dracula (Penguin Classics)
"Multiple story lines doesn't  work. Unbalanced. Too much Mina Harker."
War and Peace (Wordsworth Classics)
War and Peace (Wordsworth Classics)
"Takes too long to get going. The first 200 pages or so are too much Vanity fair and High Society-esc. There is only so much scene setting and small talk one can take!"
Birdsong (Vintage War)
Birdsong (Vintage War)
"Again, multiple storylines do not work here. The book is unbalanced as for one perporting to be about WW1 it has a lot of other stuff too. The modern-day part doesn't go anywhere really."
For Whom The Bell Tolls (Vintage Classics)
For Whom The Bell Tolls (Vintage Classics)
"Looked forward to this after reading the great 'Homage to Catalonia'. But  found the constant tangents & side stories annoying and oft too long as when return  to main story you need to re read"
Steal You Away
Steal You Away
"After finding  Ammaniti's other 2 books to have been translated to be outstanding this was disappointing. There are too many things going on, too many characters & too many back stories."
Hadji Murat (Hesperus Classics)
Hadji Murat (Hesperus Classics)
"So close to being great. But, a poor ending spoils this book"
Under Western Eyes (Oxford World's Classics)
Under Western Eyes (Oxford World's Classics)
"So close to being great. But, a poor ending spoils this book. If only he found a different way to end it!"
Nineteen Eighty-four
Nineteen Eighty-four
"Contraversial choice! Modern classic, so good & visionary &  inspired much since. But, ending feels like a cop out. Perhaps Orwell was unsure how to end the book and just did."
Coming Up for Air (Penguin Modern Classics)
Coming Up for Air (Penguin Modern Classics)
"Excellent book beautifully written. Wonderfully satirical & goes along nicely. Until the bombing! I think it's meant to be symbolic & demonstrate the randomnes of the blitz but it spoils it."