Wednesday, January 23, 2008
"What is the What?" A Pseudoreview
One of the reasons for joining this challenge was to force me to finish books I may have otherwise written off before reaching the final page. Typically, if a book does not hold my attention, I move on to the next item on the bookshelf without a second thought. So, when "What is the What?" started to bore me, my theory began being tested.
After recently finishing, "The Brief Wondrous Life of Oscar Wao" in three days, I imagined I could plow through Egger's novel in under a week. Within the first two hundred pages, I was bored to tears. Several other used books arrived in the mail that were calling my name. I was insistent however, that if I was going to submit a review, I should at least finish the book.
Here I sit, nearly a week later, and as a result of my effort to finish the novel my time spent reading has been reduced to nothing at all. I have scarcely finish 10 more pages since last week, and my guilty conscience has preventing me from beginning other books.
Of the novel, I will say little. It is probably unfair to critique without bothering to get past the halfway mark. That alone should give a fairly complete review of the book from my perspective. I am curious however, if others reading this blog tend to push through a book when you know you are not enjoying it, or do you pull the plug and move on? What is the breaking point for you? When is the earliest you've called it quits, or do you always solider on?