The Empire of the Wolves by Jean-Christophe Grange
I tried, but I really couldn't get into this one. Although things were looking promising with Anna going through tests for her memory loss, the book was moving way too slowly. Also, quite a few characters were introduced. Since the book is based in Paris, the characters have long, hard to pronounce names that I couldn't easily remember.
Life is too short and there are too many good books out there to spend time on the ones that don't capture your interest right away!
Soul Mountain by Gao Xingjian
I got 60 pages into this one and had to stop. It was just too slow and there wasn't really any build in the story. I do have to admit however that it is beautifully written. The descriptions are amazing. Unfortunately the wonderful writing isn't enough to save this book. The author writes in both first and second person, which is kind of hard to understand. The "You" of the book keeps telling different Chinese folk stories while the "I" of the book seems to tell more of adventures.
I don't seem to have much luck with award winning books. They are all too literary enough for me, and don't give me enough motivation to continue reading the story.