The worst book in the history of the world is The Secret History by Donna Taart, if people think that Mocking Bird, Huckleberry Finn and War and Peace are hard going they are mistaken.
At least with those three books they did some social commentary within the story and the language was appropriate for the time, Ms Taart on the other hand is so pretentious and up herself with her constant use of big words meant only to show her intelligence that it breaks the flow of the story constantly...I don't think there was a single chapter where I didn't have to keep reaching for a dictionary to find out what she was banging on about...
A book should flow easily from one scene to the next, effortlessly weaving a web of images and thoughts; a book should not lurch from one ridiculously long word and long winded concept to the other without much thought to who might actually be reading...
And to think the Daily Mail put this pile of crap in with its list of 100 books that most people have never read along with Beatrix Potter and other REAL classics??!
If anyone did come across this book as the first to go through I can guarantee they'll never pick up another book in their life.
The concept is good, don't get me wrong, it is basically about a group of college kids who think they are smarter than the police so plan the perfect murder, the actual implementation though leaves a hell of a lot to be desired.
I think that authors who use big words just to show how smart they are and for no other purpose should be put against a wall, pelted with lamb chops and left for the lions.
There is no excuse.