Tuesday, 15 October 2013

2nd kindle book...

<a href="https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/17142100-may-we-be-forgiven" style="float: left; padding-right: 20px"><img alt="May We Be Forgiven" border="0" src="https://d202m5krfqbpi5.cloudfront.net/books/1367176526m/17142100.jpg" /></a><a href="https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/17142100-may-we-be-forgiven">May We Be Forgiven</a> by <a href="https://www.goodreads.com/author/show/598299.A_M_Homes">A.M. Homes</a><br/>
My rating: <a href="https://www.goodreads.com/review/show/741690292">2 of 5 stars</a><br /><br />
This was the second book that I read on my kindle. I say this because the kindle allows you to read a sample before you buy. I loved the sample; the writing was funny, sharply observed and intriguing. I bought the book.
I quickly realised that reading this book was rather like meeting someone at a party where they are interesting, funny, intelligent, quirky, fun... Reading the book made me uncomfortable. I was desperate to finish it and get it away from me. I found the central character exasperating by turns and hugely boring at other times. I didn't find him convincing for much of the time. The passages about his brother were dire. Perhaps my day job allows me to see so many missed opportunities in those sections for comedy, good dialogue, great observations.
I learned about two thirds of the way through the book that the author was a woman and was surprised by that. I think that this may have been down to the mind numbing passages about sex...zzzzz.
There are however some wonderful moments and observations that happen to revive you when you are flagging.
The experience brings to mind the wonderful review of Wagner by Rossini "wonderful moments but terrible half hours"
Glad it is over now.

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