I have a dilemma.
I'm into the last pages of Her Fearful Symmetry, and need to choose what to read next. I'm slightly disappointed in this book after loving The Time Traveller's Wife so much, but it was still good. Not good enough for me to lose sleep over, though. I absolutely love books that make me sleep deprived. That's what you call a masterpiece. The Time Traveller's Wife was a masterpiece to me.
Anyway, back to my dilemma. Do I read The Almost Moon, by Alice Sebold, a voice I found I can connect with really closely and immerse myself in her world? Or do I read Flaubert's Madam Bovary, to get a little more into my classic literature obsessed character in my WIP?
Sunday, 11 April 2010
To read this, or to read that - that is the question.
“I'm using my art to comment on what I see. You don't have to agree with it.” ~John Mellencamp
“Allowing an unimportant mistake to pass without comment is a wonderful social grace” ~Judith S. Marin
“I don't ever try to make a serious social comment.” ~Paul McCartney
“I'd make a comment at a meeting and nobody would even acknowledge me. Then some man would say the same thing and they'd all nod.” ~Charlotte Bunch
“Probably what my comment meant was that I don't care about the circumstances if I can tell the truth.” ~Sally Kirkland
“We're not going to pay attention to the silliness and the petty comments. And quite frankly, women have joined me in this effort, and so it's not about appearances. It's about effectiveness.” ~Katherine Harris
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I haven't read any of those two, but if you want classics, nothing beats a little Ibsen:)ReplyDelete
For some time now I haven't had time to sit and read a good book. I'm either visiting one of my children here in the UK or jstting off to see my son in Spain, I used to love reading but somewhere along the line have got sidetracked. I've promised myself once this challenge is over I am going to set some time for reading.ReplyDelete
Have a good Sunday.
I read the Almost Moon - well, almost. I actually gave up with only two or three chapters to go till the end. I found the main character painfully dull and self-indulgent. It was the first book I started and didn't finish. I bought it based on the opening line, but the book did not live up to my expectation. However, I think The Lovely Bones would be good.ReplyDelete
Yeah I've read The Lovely bones. I loved it :) Hmm. Ok. I'll read and let you know what I think! :)ReplyDelete
Hmm...not a fan of Time Traveler's Wife *ducks for cover*ReplyDelete
Lol. Don't worry. I'm not gonna punch ya ;)ReplyDelete
I am so glad Charmaine said it first, because I too gave up on The Almost Moon - and I rarely give up on books! I just couldn't connect with the narrator at all. I was repelled, actually, and I found I couldn't bring myself to open the book again.ReplyDelete
Ooh wow. That's really intriguing. Now I want to read it!ReplyDelete
No suggestions here. Have not read either one. I have been very book deprived lately. Have not picked up anything of major interest and have even tried to go back and reread some of my favs. Maybe its all the school work I have been doing?ReplyDelete
I think they would all get my vote! Although I am a real lover of the classics so I'd go for Madame Bovary!ReplyDelete
Have fun with whatever you decide.
I've been looking for "The Time Traveler's Wife" at my local library (checked out) and now want it even more since you have such great things to say about it.ReplyDelete
If you read Madam Bovary, I can read vicariously through you. I have yet to read that. ;)ReplyDelete
I love The Time Traveler's Wife, not read the ones you are deliberating over.ReplyDelete
Lovely Bones was a great read. I recently enjoyed Memoirs of a Geisha, and Book of Night Women by Marlon James.
Update: Four chapters into "The Almost Moon", by Alice Sebold. Oh my god. It disgusts me. I want to put it down. I want to throw it away. But I just can't. I want to know more. I'm sickly intrigued. She writes so well, she makes me shiver - yet I hate very word that I'm reading. Oh my goodness. Oh. My. Gosh.ReplyDelete