I thought I’d give them one last chance by talking about them here, to see if anyone can convince me to keep on with them.
First up is an Aussie book called Snow Kimono by Mark Henshaw.
I’ve actually abandoned this book twice.
I decided to give it a second chance about a week ago, but after a few more chapters, I put it down again, I suspect for good this time.
I really enjoyed the writing and the atmosphere created by Henshaw. But I kept thinking, “what’s the point?” And once you start thinking that, it’s hard to move forward…unless some kind of point quickly presents itself.
A customer at work then told me that she also didn’t think it had any point and she felt quite disappointed at the end.
My second DNF was The Dust that Falls from Dreams.
I really wanted to love this book as I adored Captain Corelli’s Mandolin from the very first word. But sadly, by about page 60, my enthusiasm flagged. And by pg 72 I had put it down with very grave doubts.
The multiple first person narrative was fine (although a little unnecessary). But once we moved into the war phase which included diary entries and letters, my frustration levels rose rapidly.
After reading Memoirs of a Fox-Hunting Man and Testament of Youth earlier on this year, I felt I had already covered this same ground in a far more authentic way via the experiences of people who had actually lived through WWI.
I wasn’t learning anything new about WWI and the annoying diary entries made me lose interest in the main characters.
Can anyone convince me otherwise?
Have you abandoned a book recently?