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Is there a book that has made you angry?

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Name a book that has made you angry. What was it about it that got to you? Was it the content? Was it racist, sexist, opposed to your political or religious views or just plain dumb? Or was it the poor quality of the writing? Vent your spleen here.

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The Color Purple, because no-one should have to live like that. The poverty, the injustice, the brutality, the racism....
Fifty Shades of Grey because it was so badly written and yet so popular and widely talked about! Not to mention all the feminist objections.
Fifty Shades of Grey . not that I read it LOL
I know it's a cliche but The Da Vinci Code made me angry. It's not so much that it's badly written (though it is) but that I have seen religious conspiracy theory stuff done before so much better. It doesn't help that you now get people parroting things from the book as though they are fact (eg. the stuff about voting on the divinity of Christ). Also, the main characters are utter morons. Spoiler warning (though I'm doing you a favour really), Sophie struggles to answer a riddle to which the answer is HER OWN NAME.

There are also a few parenting books that get my hackles up, such as the Babywise series by Gary Ezzo, and Save Our Sleep by Tizzie Hall. Read them if you want to, just don't preach at me about them.


_Zen and the Art of Motorcycle Maintenance_ made me so angry I wanted throw it across the room. In fact, it's been more than five years since I read it and just thinking about it makes my temples pound. I found the author / narrator impossibly arrogant, pretentious and unlikable. Oddly, a number of people I'm very close friends with simply love this book. I can live with being the philistine in this situation.
I read a book about 20 years ago called 'The One Person', which to this day is my standard for how bad a novel can be - it's badly written in almost every conceivable way.

Would 'Atlas Shrugged' count, even though I haven't read it? Atlas (and other Rand novels) gets quoted frequently enough in contexts that make it obvious that the quoter just wants an excuse to behave like a dickhead that I have a pavlovian reaction to it.
If it is poor writing then I don't get angry, just disappointed. If it is on a subject that I am not keen on, I won't read it in the first place, so no, I haven't read a book that has made me angry, but I am sure there are many out there that would.
Yes, it was pretty much all of the above. A State of Disorder, by Tom Kratman, what looked to be a sci-fi military novel turned out to be the wet-dream of right wing extremists, with only the virtuous rednecks standing between the country's ruination by a *gasp* lesbian atheist president of color. It pretty much hit all the cliches and I put the book down about a third of the way through when I just couldn't take how much being a bigot was being portrayed as virtuous and how the antagonists were invariably demonized. "Gay? Gotta be evil! Black? Traitor! Non-Christian? TYRANT!" What makes me more angry is that the author has quite a few books out now, most of them with the theme of: "All Muslims are terrorists trying to form an evil religious empire. Only the virtuous white man can stop them." Yeah....
Time Travellers Wife - I thought it was creepy, like a paedophile grooming a child. And the bit where they 'meet up' to have sax for the first time made me physically gag. It was disgusting...I read The Reader with a psychologist and she was very angry about that - she just saw the damaging relationship and nothing redeemable in the female lead. It was interesting to see how much anger that book gave her...
The God Delusion by Richard Dawkins. Although I love reading these type of books, just to see what other peoples views are on religion, I found this book completely insulting. I like to keep an open mind on the subject but I just could not agree with him. Dawkins states that anyone who believes in God is completely deluded (as suggested by the title), he believes that these people are unstable and in need of psychiatric help. For a man who is completely against the teachings of the bible and finds it preaching, he himself is no stranger to preaching ways and I find that he is no better than the devil that is against.
Although the writing was top-notch, three of Thomas Hardy's novels got me angry.
A) the way Angel treated Tess in 'Tess of the d'Ubervilles'.
B) the way Michael Henchard treated his wife & daughter, particularly in the booze tent, when he SOLD them!
C) the way Bathsheba was just a cruel minx with her 'come hither' behaviour which ended in one of the three men dying in 'Far From the Madding Crowd'.

Also the marvellous Australian non-fiction book, 'A Fortunate Life' by A.B. Facey. I was so angry at his treatment by the cruel station owner. I bawled my eyes' out with this book. It's one of the saddest, yet uplifting, books I've ever read.
Angela's Ashes
maybe because I was looking back through today's eyes ,as none of todays women would or should put up what Angela went through
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