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Booking Through Thursday: Disappointment

July 1, 2010

Today’s Booking Through Thursday asks: Name a book or author that you truly wanted to love but left you disappointed. (And, of course, explain why.)

Ahh, love! It makes you smile. It makes you come up with stupid pet names. And it makes you read or, for that matter, watch things, you ordinarily wouldn’t go near.

Authors, and books, I have tried to like, in order to share a sweetie’s enthusiasm:

The Man in the High Castle– Philip K. Dick. (It was like Hemingway Writes Scifi. Awful!)

Americana– Don DeLillo. (Horrible people being horrible to each other, drinking martinis and eating steak. I liked Great Jones Street much better. DeLillo’s a gorgeous writer, he just keeps writing about people I don’t want to know.)

St. Augustine. (Haven’t given up on St. Augustine actually, though may take a while to grow into reading him.)

Cannery Row– John Steinbeck. Haven’t entirely given up on this one, either.

The Atoms of Language– Mark C. Baker. I know, if I can get my academic brains lined up to read this, I’ll get fascinated by the subject. But… the prose is tangling me up! Wish Baker had given it to Malcolm Gladwell to ghostwrite or something.  Sorry, sweetie!

And another book disappointment that was entirely my own doing… The Pelican Brief, by John Grisham. Which I attempted to read around the time the movie came out. The government conspiracy plot fascinated me. But then there started to be a slightly taboo romantic subplot going on. And I got disgusted. Because I was enjoying the political and suspense machinations, and the kissy-face nonsense felt cheap and gratuitous and made me grouchy. I tried reading it in my teens, and might go back. But I bet I have the same reaction.

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  1. July 1, 2010 11:21 am

    I love all of your varied answers! I have had a hard time with some of Steinbeck’s novels as well!

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