What book(s) would you have given a different title?

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What book(s) would you have given a different title?

1Tess_W
Ago 8, 2021, 11:14pm

I have often read books where I don't connect the title to the book. I wonder after reading the book if I "got" it. Has that happened to you? What book?

2Tess_W
Ago 10, 2021, 3:53am

One example is a book my sons read 30 years ago, The Neverending Story by Michael Ende. We discussed at that time that the story indeed did have an ending; not like the theme song----I will be singing that song all day!

3John5918
Ago 10, 2021, 5:58am

Not really the title but the description. Someone once recommended Atlas Shrugged to me because it was about railroads - I think it even had a stylised picture of a train on the front cover. Well, I suppose you could say it is about railroads in a way, but it should have a subtitle such as "Turgid Political Ideology" to warn the unwary.

4vwinsloe
Ago 10, 2021, 7:50am

5Tess_W
Ago 10, 2021, 10:32pm

>3 John5918: I have that book on my TBR pile, for about the last 10 years. I may never get to it!

6scunliffe
Ago 12, 2021, 5:50pm

Of Human Bondage which has disappointed so many S&M seekers, and no I was not one of them!

7terriks
Ago 12, 2021, 7:58pm

8Tess_W
Ago 15, 2021, 4:58pm

The Green Bay Tree by Louis Bromfield. Bromfield was wayyyyyy out there--and there is no mention of any tree in the book. However, upon doing research several years ago, some critics have related it to a Bible verse, but I see absolutely no connection.

9alco261
Ago 27, 2021, 6:34pm

Statistical Models in Engineering should have been titled “An Insanely Useful Guide to the World of Statistical Distributions”. I think it is the best book on statistical distributions I have ever read.

10librorumamans
Set 3, 2021, 12:18am

>6 scunliffe: Good one!

In 1968 Robert Conquest's book The Great Terror was criticized for overstating the extent of Stalin's purges. When a revised edition was planned for 1990, Conquest's friend Kingsley Amis suggested it should be titled "I told you so, you fucking fools!". Sadly, it wasn't.