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Not the 50 books to read before you die


The Daily Telegraph takes the michael.

20 The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo by Stieg Larsson
Its set-up is almost as protracted as the dull protagonist’s endless cups of coffee. Then it suddenly descends into graphic sexual violence. Sweden’s most overrated export since Ikea.

21 Eat, Pray, Love by Elizabeth Gilbert
Eat, pray, love, wallow, whine, travel, indulge, write, check bank account.

22 Portnoy’s Complaint by Philip Roth
A defining moment in Jewish American literature now most famous for a masturbation scene featuring a piece of liver. Disappointingly, this is not as interesting as it sounds.

Very funny.

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