Friday, January 18, 2008
A Couple of Reviews: The Mermaid Chair and The Writing Life
Book: The Writing Life by Annie Dillard
So, never has a book so small taken me so long to read! I've been working on this for months, reading one page/chapter at a time every other week/month! Wow. I'm finally done!
I've heard tons of people like this book, but for me, I just didn't get it I guess. I like writing books that get you fired up to try writing, nice peppy pep talks. But this one waxed poetic and wandered here an there, and I guess it just went over my head.
Or maybe I just wasn't in the mood.
Book: The Mermaid Chair by Sue Monk Kidd
Genre: general fiction
My first "treadmill" book of the year! And what I have to say about it matches most everything I've heard everyone else say about it which is: yeah, it's okay, but not as good as The Secret Life of Bees... her first book.
I found that I wasn't very sympathetic toward the main character. She seemed quite whiney to me. She needed to find herself, and how does she do it? She has an affair. But whoops... I guess she changed her mind, and wonders if that was the right thing to do! But, I guess there's was other deeper stuff going on too.
Anyway, it was okay and a quick easy read, it just didn't wow me too much!