A sad state of affairs

It has been so long since I have written anything for this Blog that I had forgotten my password and user name! Perhaps the reason I haven’t been writing is I have been too busy trying to plough my way through books that I should have tossed after the first chapter.  My sorry tale starts with me embarking on my winter holiday with two books.

I thought that Brooklyn by Colm Tóibín would be a great holiday read.  I really enjoyed the Blackwater lightship and this new book was a promising story about  a young Irish girl making her way to America on her own.  I was wrong.  I finished the book, but probably only because it was short.  Nothing happened!  Well nothing very interesting. Girl leaves Ireland, goes to Brooklyn, works in a shop, lives in a boarding house, meets man, goes back to Ireland, meets another man, goes back to Brooklyn, and …. that’s it!

So then I started on a favourite authors’ new book.  T Coraghessan Boyle wrote a fantastic novel about a pack of crazy hippies moving to Alaska to form a commune. Drop City was a great story, funny and full of surprises.  So it was with baited breath that I started The Women, about Frank Lloyd Wright (famous architect and renowned womaniser.  I was promised a story blazing ” with his trademark wit and invention”.  There was a huge possibility for intrigue, murder, passion and insight into this famous man and the women in his life.  Alas, I found none of this, and ditched the book about a third of the way through.  Again nothing really happened, I gained no insight into any of the characters, and they all seemed dull and one dimensional.  It was with a heavy heart that I finished my holiday.  I hadn’t had those long hours of basking in the joy of knowing I could totally engross myself in a great story.  Instead I had to actually leave the house and do things.  What a let down

However things have looked up.  I have begun the Flying Troutmans by Miriam Toews,  and it’s looking like a keeper.  Perhaps I should have another holiday?

8 thoughts on “A sad state of affairs

  1. Marion 21 July 2009 / 5:17 pm

    Aaaargh – The Women is waiting for me to collect from reserves!
    I’ve just finished the Colm Toibin book and I know what you are saying about the action or rather lack of it.The heroine was rather a passive character.

  2. Donna 22 July 2009 / 8:09 am

    I feel your pain! Picking good holiday reading is so important. One year I had read a lot of battle books, particularly those by <a href="http://christchurchcitylibraries.com/Catalogue/keyword.asp?AU+antony+beevor">Antony Beevor so I thought my holiday read could be a great battle stonker 1812 : Napoleon’s fatal march on Moscow. Now on another day it might have been an interesting read but on summer holidays it was all kinds of wrong. And very very heavy in my luggage. Doh!

  3. Michael A 22 July 2009 / 8:17 am

    Maybe The Women were repelled by your baited breath?

    • keenanj 22 July 2009 / 1:53 pm

      Is there something people haven’t been telling me!

  4. keenanj 22 July 2009 / 1:54 pm

    You are exactly right Marion, she was passive – infuriatingly so.

  5. joyciescotland 23 July 2009 / 4:43 pm

    Pants! I am number three on the list for T.C.’s latest, I’d read mixed reviews but thought I’d give it a whirl anyway but I think I’ll flag it now. Thanks for doing the hard work there Jane

  6. keenanj 24 July 2009 / 2:58 pm

    Now I feel bad. Maybe you will enjoy it?

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