Tuesday, October 11, 2011

Save a book?

Has anyone read and loved Margaret Drabble's The Gates of Ivory (better named the gates of snobbery)?

I am bogged down in it, I loved the Peppered Moth, but this?  It's like going to an enormous pretentious cocktail party and you're deaf-blind.  Honestly, a million characters appear with no context and little description.  No sense of the characters emerges, then they disappear, only to reappear later - name-dropping.

Horrid.

If someone pipes up and says it was the best book they'd ever read, maybe I'll plow onward, but honestly, this is horrrrrrrrid.

Getting tired of wondering who the heck is Richard...and Liz and Hettie and Alix (can't remember the gender of that one, and and and and ....who ARE these people?  Who cares?

4 comments:

Beth said...

Put it down! Life's too short and there are so many other books to read...
Never mind what anyone else says about the book.

(p.s. haven't read it)

Sherry Smyth said...

I echo Beth. Put it down? If you are that bogged down in it, it's not for you...no matter what others may think. I've never cared for Margaret Drabble...tried a few times and just can't get into her thinking.

Hula Girl at Heart said...

I used to be unable to put down a book I didn't enjoy. It felt like some kind of failure. Now? Not any more. I'd drop that sucker like a hot rock and move onto something else.

oreneta said...

I hear you all......I've started reading something else, let's see if I go back to it or not.....