Saturday, October 02, 2004

Masochistic Literature

Upon starting to read certain books, I sometimes decide I don’t really like the book, yet will suffer through, just to see if it gets better. Pages pass, it doesn’t get better, and I continue reading to see whether it has a redeeming ending. I am disappointed more often than pleasantly surprised. Below is the list of offenders.

The Fig Eater
Jody Shields
Apparently, I don't find drawn-out crime drama "gripping" like The New York Times, or "hypnotically entrancing" like USA Today. I'm actually going to stop myself before reading through to the end on this one- break the cycle!!!

The Devil Wears Prada
Lauren Weisberger
My review lives here.

Madame Bovary
Gustave Flaubert
When she killed herself at the end, I remember thinking “Oh, thank GOD!” I also wished she would have done it sooner.

Great Expectations
Charles Dickens
Ich. I don't even want to go into it.

Anne Rice
I am usually a fan. This book, however…no. I thought it quite funny to see the large number of copies available at Half Price Books. Apparently, I wasn’t alone in my assessment.

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