When recommending books, I always say The Fountainhead by Ayn Rand. It's one of those books you wished you hadn't finished even though it took 200 pages to really get into it. But an English guy overheard me recommending it to a friend on the T-bahn the overday and after I had got off announced to said friend that it was the worst book he had ever read!
I am in shock! I have never met anyone who has read The Fountainhead and not loved it! How can you resist the temptuous realtionship between Roark and Dominique. Oh those scenes between them. The quarry, his stark office.... well you will have to read it to find out more.