Mediocrity: Weeks 17, 18, 19

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Week 17/52: I Curse the River of Time by Per Petterson

I loved Per Petterson's Out Stealing Horses. Spare writing and the Norwegian landscape made the novel into a memorable, beautiful read. I expected something similar of I Curse the River of TIme. Yes, it's spare and serious but the narrative lacks drive and the main character is unlikeable to the point of throwing the book down. Bummer.

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Week 18/52: Lucky Jim by Kingsley Amis

Lucky Jim is a classic academic satire. I just wish I had found it funny. Even a little bit.

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Week 19/52: The False Friend by Myla Goldberg

The False Friend was included in a previous Powell's Indiespensable box. Goldberg had some great intentions but the novel just kind of falls apart: dangling plot threads and a very abrupt ending. Maybe I am just too tired to like anything? 

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2 thoughts on “Mediocrity: Weeks 17, 18, 19

  1. Nancy Smith

    I’m disappointed too. I loved Petterson’s “Out” as well. Have you tried “Cutting for Stone”? I loved it. (It’s not on your list, though.) Are you allowed to deviate? I sent your blog to Carolyn Leggett–Matt’s wife. She’s an Austen fan (an understatement), and I wanted her to see your bookshelf.

  2. eleanor

    i’m not disappointed. i love hearing that i haven’t missed out on a book i haven’t read. thanks for previewing for me.

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