Sunday, May 08, 2016
Posted by JaneGS
I usually have pretty good luck with books, especially since I started blogging and reading other's blogs and scanning GoodReads for books I would like, but just this past week I had two disappointments. Maybe I wasn't in the mood, but I read the obligatory 50 pages, and found I was completely uninterested in continuing. And what were these duds?
At the Edge of the Orchard, by Tracy Chevalier - I've just loved all her other books I've read: Girl with the Pearl Earring, Remarkable Creatures, The Lady and the Unicorn, The Last Runaway. But this one just fell flat--I found the couple distasteful and uninteresting and the tone just seemed grim. I was so looking forward to this book, but the magic just wasn't there.
The Buried Giant, by Kazuo Ishiguro - I liked this one slightly better, probably because it seemed like reading a Grimm's fairy tale or Germanic folk story, but again it just didn't seem to be the way I wanted to spend my time right now. As with the other book, I've really enjoyed Ishiguro's other novels that I've read, The Remains of the Day and Never Let Me Go, but this one just didn't work for me.
I might revisit both at some time in the future. Maybe I'm suffering from a surfeit of books underway (see Juggling) and just wasn't hungry for a new story.
Happy Mother's Day to all of us--those with children, those who don't, those with mothers still living, and those whose mothers have passed on. We're all in this together!