Monday, March 15, 2010
Book Review-The Story of Edgar Sawtelle
I wanted to like this...I really truly did and I kind of do, sort of. Let me explain. The back story: I came across this book the way I usually find new books to read through The Book Page, a literary magazine my library gives away for free. Every time I pick up a copy of that magazine it seems I have four or five more "to reads" on my goodreads.com list. Ask Melissa she often takes cues from what I've added (although I can't explain that since she's the librarian and it should be me taking cues from her "to read" list)....but I digress. So needless to say I found this book through Book Page and it sounded interesting (nevermind that it found it's way onto Oprah's book club list). I should have known once I saw on the book cover who recommended it.....Maya Angelou aside every book I've bothered to read (or should I say waste time reading) that Oprah has recommended-SUCKED.
I check it out..I read some of it. I find the story interesting, the writer's style incredibly laborious. It was work to read through the first 50 pages. That's all I got through after having it for a month and renewing it once. Returned! But it stayed with me, so like a glutton I checked it out again. And again I found myself dreading wanting to work to read it. I enjoyed the story, the characters (it was about dogs for one and a boy with special needs for another). But the work I had to put into it-EGADS! I managed to get to page 270 after once again having it for a month and renewing it again. Returned!
I have yet to decide if checking it out a third time would even be worth the effort it would take to finish it seeing as though even at page 270 I'm still only half way through it! Thoughts? Anyone read this all the way through and liked it? I hate to go off of the goodreads.com star rating since I find I often disagree with people's reviews or star ratings.