Yeah, you know I'm not a plot guy, but in a book like that, come on! It's 900 effing pages!* Archived Message
Posted by Jackie on June 14, 2022, 12:39:36, in reply to "The historical period and different modes of thought are interesting, but you gotta give me more"
You can’t expect me to stick through 900 pages if that’s all you got. Give me some adventure or mystery or suspense, something!
Recent Nobel prize winner. I read a couple of her other books and liked but didn’t love them, but they were interesting and well written. So far this one is a bit meh. Again well written, but it’s super long (900+ pages) and 200-ish pages in there still is not a whole lot of plot. May end up abandoning it if it doesn’t get going.
Also just finished a book on Bronze Age societies and the origins of Indo-European. Pretty sure I found it via Amazon clicking or recommendation. Very disappointing—interesting topic but very much a book written for archaeologists and not for the general public. Probably 90% of it was mind numbing recitations if f primary research facts—6 grave sites with these specific types of pottery found in this one and yadda yadda. And very little analysis or narrative which is the only thing I was interested in. The Horse, the Wheel, and Language
Then a couple of contemporary fiction books. The Trees by Perceval Everett which was a strange and surprisingly funny book addressing the US’s history of lynching. And All the Lovers in the Night by Meiki Kawakami, which was a pretty intense focused story of a very introverted young career woman in Tokyo. Sort of Ferrante meets Knausgard, but short, and not quite as good. But still very good.
I just finished Nine Perfect Strangers. https://us.macmillan.com/books/9781250069825/nineperfectstrangers
It was a pretty easy audiobook "read". The story isn't complicated, the characters aren't particularly deep, but I guess I liked it enough to suggest it being on a list if you don't have any burning desires for reading or want a change of type. I *am* curious now to see what the show on Hulu did with the story. Nicole Kidman seems like an excellent choice for Masha. The narrator of the audiobook did a fantastic job as well; I don't often feel like specifically praising the voice work.
I just started The Book Thief, planning to get through it this week on my road trip, but it is hard to get into. This may not be a good book for the audiobook format.
- Book Talk Tuesday - ghost_of_clt June 14, 2022, 11:15:07
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