Tuesday, January 19, 2016
You know I said I was going to read Elena Ferrante's My Brilliant Friend? And you know how I said that if I wasn't enjoying a book, I'd stop reading it?
I want to qualify that statement. If I have spent £11.99 on a paperback novel - which is a huge amount for me ...I will spend that much on a text book or a book of poetry, but hardly ever a novel...the last time was on Carol Shields' Unless, because I could not wait for it to come out in paperback and I knew I would love whatever she wrote and it could technically be counted as an investment because it was a hardback first edition...oh dear, I don't know how to get out of this sentence.
I bought Ferrante's novel in London when I met Karen and I was feeling buoyant. We were in Waterstones and I was buying something else and I saw Ferrante and it was a lovely edition and I thought - Ooh, I can get discount here with my Society of Authors card (although it has to be said that the frisson of using it has little to do with the 10% discount). So I bought it.
And I have been reading it and thinking Well, it's OK I suppose, but it's not really doing anything for me. And I would have given up reading it, EXCEPT that I spent that ridiculous amount of money on it. So now I am three quarters of the way through and I am enjoying the book. That's the full truth.
The news is that I worked on my new novel yesterday and had so much fun that I'm going to do it again today. Yay!
Posted by Sue Hepworth at 8:07 am