I’ve doing a shorter version of my WWW Wednesdays update because I need the time to catch up on work projects. But I have also a very BIG question for you, so scroll down and let me know what you think.
– What I’m currently reading
Cutting For Stone by Abraham Verghese. If you read this book and loved it, please help me out. If you didn’t read this book but have found yourself in a similar situation I am now, I’d love your advice too. So here’s the deal about this book:
1) I like the story and I’m curious to see how it develops.
2) I can’t stand the writing style. As in, it’s ATROCIOUS! Way too many characters, none of them developed well. Way too many details about their past lives, with no obvious relevancy to the present. Way to many words to describe any scene, medical or not. Way too much bouncing around between the past and present, and one character’s life to another. I honestly don’t understand how a publisher would allow such novel to be published without skimming it with a huge scalpel (pun intended). This book could be half its size and still be too long. I’ve been reading it for almost a week and I’m barely a quarter into it. I want to know what happens in this book, but I don’t think I have the patience to find out. Maybe I can just read the synopsis somewhere. Is this book way overrated, like The Alchemist by Pablo Coelho (that was some excruciating reading too!).
Have you ever dropped a novel while in the middle of it? I don’t do it very often but I think this is one of these times I should. Help me!
– What I recently finished reading
The Mistress of Spices by Chitra Banerjee Divakaruni. What an interesting book! I don’t think I’ve read a book by an Indian author about life in America as well as in India. Chitra Banerjee Divakaruni is a very poetic writer and it definitely gives a unique style to her book. I’m not a big poetry fan, so that style lost me a bit but I stuck with the book for the story. It reminded me of the movie Chocolat, where Juliette Binoche makes specific chocolates to help people in the village, unbeknownst to them. Tilo, the main character, is torn between using her powers to help all kinds of people, and her cultural strings that require her to only help Indian people and under specific rules. It felt good to read something different from what I usually read (ah, the stretching of the mind!).
– What I think I’ll read next
Killing Floor by Lee Child, the first of the Jack Reacher series. I have other books to read also, but I think I’ll need a faster pace book after I’m done with Cutting For Stone (that’s if I ever finish it).
That’s it for today!
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