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:

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.


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.