The list author says: "These books are generally considered to be important to the history of literature. However, for various reasons from age to design they are no longer as enjoyable as they once were or were never known to be enjoyable in the first place. This is not to say that these books are completely unenjoyable (most are perhaps a 3 out of 10), just that their enjoyability does not match up with their importance. Remember, being important does not always equal being enjoyable."
"Important for it's colloquial middle English language. Some consider this a bawdy, racy, funny book, but seriously modern Saturday morning cartoons are racier than this. I can imagine people hundreds of years ago talking about this "dirty" book on the sly and passing it around, but today it really doesn't measure up with other more enjoyable works."
"Important as possibly the earliest form of a novel. It's failure is again the same as with Canterbury tales. The humor is just too old and what may have been racy then is tame by today's standards. Definitely some good parts though, especially the part in Gargantua's mouth."
"This one was a tough choice for the list. It is important because it's usually considered to be the first novel. It is absolutely hilarious for the first hundred or so pages. And then... it .... drags.... for ..... another........ 900+ pages.... . . . . . . . . . . . . . in a quagmire of repetition and bizarre digressions."
"Important as an historical document for creating the mythology of the founding of Rome. It is often tied in with Homer's Iliad and Odyssey, but they are nothing alike. Homer's works are stunning, while Virgil's work seems like the propaganda it was designed to be. It just feels artificial."
"Important for helping to create the form of realism in literature. Unfortunately it's just plain boring. It's not a terrible book and it is certainly readable but it just isn't engaging. It seems like another of those books that you could imagine people a hundred years ago talking about on the sly as some kind of immoral book. By today's standards it couldn't get any tamer."
"Important for helping to move novels into the world of modernism and for some REALLY incredible writing. Unfortunately that writing is just TOO incredible. It is unbelievably dense and slow, like nothing you've seen before. It makes Faulkner look like Stephen King."
"Important for opening up magical realism. Fascinating beginning Repetitive and unengaging though after about 100 pages. Just seems to be running in place forever. (I get the same feeling from other magical realism books too.)"
"Incredibly important for breaking the novel out of the well worked rut it had been in for hundreds of years. But WHOH! is it boring to actually read as a book. I admit to loving parts of it, particularly the early Bloom chapters. However, most of it feels like reading a textbook or doing a workbook on writing styles."