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.
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.
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?
2 thoughts on “Mediocrity: Weeks 17, 18, 19”
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.
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.