Sunday, May 3, 2009

that's a lot of pizza ...

so last week was insane.
0 miles run at 0.00 minute mile pace;
1 pizza ordered;
2 slices eaten while standing in a bar;
1 night at home with pbr and farmtown;
0 meals made in our home, not including veggie chick'n patties;
2 veggie chick'n patties;
2 tv shows watched that i wonder why i'm still watching;
2 books in the mail;

but! i finished a book that took me far too long to read:

SKIMMING, ER ... READING
The Garden of Last Days: A Novel by andre dubus III: After awhile, I became convinced that Andre Dubus III was doing this on purpose: Oprah-endorsed writer pens insanely long and boring novel filled with the minutia of 5-7 strangers whose path's intersect one dramatic night at a titty bar in Florida.

This novel, "The Garden of Last Days," is senselessly slow and senselessly long. A wise man once said that no song should be longer than 4 minutes, unless there is a really good reason. I believe that a book should be no longer than 300 pages, unless there is a really good reason.

full review will be posted here.

2 comments:

Whiskeymarie said...

I'm always impressed how you can stick with books that don't suck you in and keep you glued to the pages. Usually, when I'm reading a book I can't get into, I cast it aside, use it as a coaster, then make sure I read the end eventually so I can at least pretend to have read the whole thing and not look like I have the attention span of a 8 year old on pixie stix.

christina said...

i know what you mean. i didn't used to finish everything, but now, since i review them, i just feel like i've already committed time, i should stick it out.

and in this case, i'd actually seen "house of sand and fog," and "in the bedroom," films based on his books, and i thought maybe he had a tendency to lull a person into boredom, and then do something terrible to every character.

technically, that happened, since it ends on 9/11, but the individual characters he's written about get by unscathed.