An impossible question leads to an irritating result
, as Beloved
somehow takes home top honors. Nonsense. When I read it in tenth grade Beloved
was immediately short-listed for my coveted "Worst Book of All Time" award; when I read it again for a graduate class three years ago, I was more able to appreciate it, but still, it's not the best anything.
The runners-up include Underworld
and White Noise
(which probably would have been my pick), Updike's Rabbit Novels (come on), A Confederacy of Dunces
(enjoyable, but no), and a number of books by Philip Roth
, though oddly none of them Portnoy's Complaint. Portnoy's Complaint was published in 1967.