In the past 4 weeks, I have read the first 75 pages of 2 books without finishing them. I'm sure these novels are works of art- in fact, I know they're on the list of Notable Books of 2012 for The New York Times, and all came highly recommended from Amazon, which has to count for something. However, they just could not hold my interest, or I wasn't in the right mindframe, or there was a nagging feeling that the main character was just overly difficult for me to connect with. I'm going to list them below; have you read them? Did you like them? Was I missing something? What's going on with me lately?
The opening section of this book is masterful: a young man, Billy, is trying to figure out his sexuality in a small Maine town. His grandfather always plays a female role in the local community theater, he is obsessed with his best girl friend's bra but not the breasts inside, and both of them are crushing on the school's big man on campus. He's in love with the town librarian, who is hiding her own secret.
Irving did a great job with the first third of the book, but once Billy moves away from home and tries to figure out his life in Europe, it drags and dies out. Meh.
Are you guilty of reading half a book and then giving up? Anything lately that just didn't grab you? Things happen- let's drop the shame of the uncertain reader! Unite for books worth our time!