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What chapter of what book has really ticked you off?

Asked by momnipotence (203points) December 17th, 2010

For me it would have to be the Chapter about the turtle in the Grapes of Wrath by John Steinbeck…I understand it’s all about symbolism and that jazz, but I must say, I kept wondering as I read it…WHAT ON EARTH?!

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HungryGuy's avatar

Probably the Bible in that part where God killed that guy’s wife for her “crime” of glancing back at her former home as she fled it while God was destroying the city…

crisw's avatar

I was trying to struggle through Cry Wolf by Patricia Briggs. I normally love werewolf novels, and lots of people love this author. But this book was making no sense, the protagonist was a whiny weak-willed werewolf wimpy woman, and there were all these weird slightly-veiled religious overtones. And then I got to page 144 (not sure what chapter it is) and the main hunky werewolf started to deliver a sermon about how he was a Christian and that werewolves are Christian because they are a proof of God because evil hasn’t taken over the world. or some nonsense like that. I gave up. Bleah.

muppetish's avatar

I finished the book a couple days ago, but one chapter of Shadow of the Wind by Carlos Ruiz Zafón pissed me off because it was laden with exposition. It had been a long time since I read a mystery novel and I had forgotten how much I hate that aspect of the genre. For the first time in ages, I wanted the book to be over.

Nullo's avatar

@HungryGuy That would be Lot’s wife. Salified for wanting to return to a wretched hive of scum and villainy.

Winters's avatar

I can’t remember the title of the book but one of the most lovable characters dies within the first 10 chapters from a broken neck. I threw the book across the room out of pure rage that the author would kill off a character with such promise and that I had grown attached to so soon.

About an hour later I picked it back up and finished it, it was a decent book over all.

Soubresaut's avatar

The epilogue of Harry Potter. (Not a deep read, but one that lasted a long time, so I’m kinda attached to the series)... I was so mad after reading the epilogue, wish I had never read it, thought it ruined everything.

I love books that make me mad at them because they intend to make me mad at them, or make me horribly sad and cry, or go into deep confusing metaphors that make my mind spin and spin and spin, as long as it’s all well done and fits with the story, or what I think fits with the story. I find that the fun and joy of reading, haha : )
But I just didn’t think that epilogue fit at all… it’s still bothering me.

DominicX's avatar


Kind of reminds me of the story of Orpheus, where he went to underworld to get his wife back from imprisonment and she was released to him as long he didn’t look back at her as they left, but he did, and she was gone forever. :(

efritz's avatar

@DancingMind – I hear you. Everything was way too neatly tied up with a bow . . .

The entire first half of “Girl Who Played With Fire” made me so mad I felt sick to my stomach.

Seelix's avatar

@Nullo – “Salified for wanting to return to a wretched hive of scum and villainy” is a contender for the best sentence I’ve ever read.

We must be cautious.

HungryGuy's avatar

@Nullo – Right. I read the Bible many years ago, and since forgot some of the character’s names and details. But if I recall correctly, Lot and his wife weren’t part of the scum and villany…they just happened to live in the corrupt city, which is why God let them leave before They destroyed the city.

Kardamom's avatar

Will try to answer without providing spoilers for those who have not read this book.

I just finished reading Wuthering Heights (I’m on a classics kick right now) and the last chapter really irritated me. All I could ask was, “What just happened here?” Why didn’t the main character come to this conclusion earlier? And why didn’t somebody, anybody do something about the “problem” earlier?

The writing is excellent, though, and I did enjoy the book as a whole, just wasn’t thrilled with the ending. Maybe someone like @Jeruba can give me some insight as to what actually happened at the end.

filmfann's avatar

There is a chapter in the book Jaws where Hooper had sex with the Brody’s wife.
It was completely unnecessary. There was already enough tension in the book.
Speilberg wisely removed that from the movie.

WillWorkForChocolate's avatar

The final chapter in the book Dreamfever by Karen Marie Moning. It’s a horrible cliffhanger and I’ve been dying a little each day while I wait for the relese of the next book. I love the series, I just hated the cliffhanger at the end of the last one.

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