I’ve just finished reading a really good novel – Amy and Isabelle, by Elizabeth Strout – and I’m trying to decide what to read next. Shall I try one more time to conquer Franzen’s The Corrections? I have tried twice, and I enjoyed what I read, but he tends to go on and on, and I get discouraged.
Hepworths are known for being dogged, but I don’t feel the need to exercise that doggedness in the reading of a novel. I’m not at school now, I don’t have exams to pass, and if I get fed up, I jack it in. Do you always finish reading a book, once you’ve started it? If so, why?
There are some books I mean to go back to – such as Franzen’s. And then there are those which I have tried twice and given up on. Take, for example, We are all completely beside ourselves. I can say here without fear of damaging the author’s sales ( as the book is already a bestseller and this is a one-horse-town blog ) that I tried once and gave up on it because I didn’t like the narrator’s voice. Then I went back and tried again, because everyone was saying how good it was, and I got to the middle and got bored. Yes. Bored. So that was that.
Ah, just remembered, I have Elena Ferrante’s My Brilliant Friend waiting on the shelf. That's next.