Wednesday, April 25, 2007

Recent Duds

The last two books I tried reading I got about 60 pages in and had to give up. :(

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
Non-Genre Fiction

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.


Susan Helene Gottfried said...

Yep, I feel the same way about most award winners. I usually run screaming in the other direction when they come around.

Don't feel bad. There's a variety of books published to appeal to a variety of tastes. The trick is finding the ones you love.

Lauren said...

I'm going to keep trying with the award winners. I found Jose Saramago that way and Blindness is one of my favourite books!