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These Are The 20 Most Overrated Books of All Time, And Yes, List Include Bible, Ernest Hemingway, Paulo Coelho, And Mark Twain

A new piece from the editorial board at GQ fashion magazine says, the Bible, yes the Christian Bible, is one of the most overrated books of all time.

In the first spot, the piece tore into “Lonesome Dove,” one of most well-known and highly regarded works of Larry McMurtry. When discussing “Lonesome Dove,” author Lauren Groff points out the trouble with its rigid masculine emotional landscape, glorification of guns and destruction, and misogynistic gender roles in McMurtry’s book, and suggests reading “The Mountain Lion” by Jean Stafford instead.

The Bible doesn’t fare much better. Novelist and poet Jesse Ball suggests reading “The Notebook” by Agota Kristof instead, calling the Holy Bible “repetitive, self-contradictory, sententious, foolish, and even at times ill-intentioned.”

Other books on the list include Slaughterhouse-Five, Lord of the Rings, The Old Man and the Sea, Gulliver’s Travels, and “Dracula” by Bram Stoker. But as the editors explain at the beginning of the piece, the list is actually just 20 books. Mark Twain’s “Adventures of Huckleberry Finn” is listed twice.

These Are The 20 Most Overrated Books of All Time

  1. Lonesome Dove by Larry McMurtry
  2. The Catcher in the Rye by J. D. Salinger
  3. Goodbye to All That by Robert Graves
  4. The Old Man and the Sea by Ernest Hemingway
  5. The Alchemist by Paulo Coelho
  6. A Farewell to Arms by Ernest Hemingway
  7. Blood Meridian by Cormac McCarthy
  8. John Adams by David McCullough
  9. Adventures of Huckleberry Finn by Mark Twain
  10. Adventures of Huckleberry Finn by Mark Twain
  11. The Ambassadors by Henry James
  12. The Bible
  13. Franny and Zooey by J. D. Salinger
  14. The Lord of the Rings by J. R. R. Tolkien
  15. Dracula by Bram Stoker
  16. Catch-22 by Joseph Heller
  17. Life by Keith Richards
  18. Freedom by Jonathan Franzen
  19. Gravity’s Rainbow by Thomas Pynchon
  20. Slaughterhouse-Five by Kurt Vonnegut
  21. Gulliver’s Travels by Jonathan Swift
Prof. Dr. Amarendra Bhushan Dhiraj
Prof. Dr. Amarendra Bhushan Dhiraj is chief executive and editorial director of The CEOWORLD magazine, overseeing the organization’s news and features departments.

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Dr. Amarendra holds a Ph.D. in Finance and Banking from the European Global School in France; a Doctoral Degree in Chartered Accountancy from the European International University Paris; and a Doctorate in Business Administration from Kyiv National University of Technologies and Design (KNUTD), Ukraine.

He earned his Master of Business Administration degree in Finance and his Master's Degree In Chartered Accountancy (CA) from European Global School Paris. Dr. Amarendra also holds a Master of Business Administration degree in International Relations and Affairs from the American University of Athens, Alabama, United States. Prof. Dr. Amarendra Bhushan Dhiraj is a macro-economist and visiting professor at Kyiv National University of Technologies and Design (KNUTD), Ukraine.

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