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Why I hate books

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To truly love something, you must be able to truly hate it, as well. And that counts for books, too, which are all too often offered a kind of blanket amnesty in the form of "appreciation."

On that note, Rod Liddle goes off on a tear about his most-hated books in the Times Online.

Have to say though, he loses me right from the start when he calls Anthony Powell's Dance to the Music of Time novel series "ineffectual, pointless drivel." Liddle then goes way off the mark when he calls Zadie Smith's White Teeth "a politely written tome of consummate vapidity, from an articulate, photogenic half-black writer, that tells you, in the end, nothing." White Teeth wasn't the insta-classic is was made out to be at the time, but it was still very good. (And that "half-black" remark is a little telling, isn't it?)

I love to hate books, but I hate the way Liddle hates them. Capiche?

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Nathan Whitlock

Nathan Whitlock is the review editor of Quill & Quire magazine. His writing and reviews have appeared in The Toronto Star, The Globe and Mail, Maisonneuve, Toro, Geist, Saturday Night and elsewhere. His novel, A Week of This: a novel in seven days, was published this spring by ECW Press.

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