Friday, February 07, 2014

2/7/14

This is the week where I get lynched by all the "proper" librarians who appreciate "high literature" and all that it entails.....sigh.......ok, no way out but through.......
Brides of Rollrock Island is a heavy favorite with every English teacher and major literary person....partly because Lanagan has been nominated for several awards and has won many of them.....and if not won then got high honors.  I was assigned to read this....and frankly, I was dead bored.  A story with Selkies....yes!  I love myths and fairy tales.....but this wasn't it.... It felt like it took forever to get anywhere....and when we did get somewhere...I just didn't care.....too many words; not enough story.....but, again, I am a nobody who just wants a rollicking good story not lots of beautiful language and thrilling symbolism and such.....
Now here, this is a good story....yeah it's a biography....but it's informative and witty and moves along quickly.  I like a good biography; and Blumenthal wrote a very good one....she points out Jobs flaws as well as his assets.....I really enjoyed this book.
And here we have another literary gem......one that bored the heck out of me...so it must be really very good according to all the "in the know people"......this one is a dramatic look at a teen pregnancy...and this teen is sent to Spain to give birth in secret and then come back and continue her life as if nothing happened.   I will grant you that the author did make very pretty pictures of the feeling of Spain; but the whole thing just felt....blah......I didn't feel like I connected with the main character, I felt like the whole thing was just rambling......sigh......yes, the language was beautiful......but I just hated reading it......

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