Stopping for now, almost half-way through the book; I'm bored half to tears, the amount of mundane details and the unattrative - to me - character ofStopping for now, almost half-way through the book; I'm bored half to tears, the amount of mundane details and the unattrative - to me - character of Kafka is making this a very tedious read. I wanted to like it, I did, and it's not in itself an entirely bad book: I liked the monologues on music and literature, the character who can talk cats, the mystery of the plotline. There are some quite interesting reflexions, but the bore is too much for me, and I could just not get into it. I believe there's a time and a mindset for every book, but perhaps it's not the right time for this one for me. Back on the shelf, but I might pick it up again someday. ...more
I love this book - ever since I picked it up, years ago, it's been my go-to, feel-good novel. The story is simple, yet calming, and the characters areI love this book - ever since I picked it up, years ago, it's been my go-to, feel-good novel. The story is simple, yet calming, and the characters are enough to hold the story on their own. It feels like a warm lazy summer evening, or like a cool, rainy daydream. Either way, the few hours it takes to read it are always wonderful. Soothing.
It's not fancy litterature - I wouldn't use it as a teaching tool, or even as an exemple of a 'good' book. I think it's one of these novels that either touch you, or doesn't. In my case, it's the soft words and wonderful characters that stay with me with every rereading....more
This book is - interesting, but let me down. I loved the writing and I'll try more of Martel, but not so much the story. It was too incoherent, felt pThis book is - interesting, but let me down. I loved the writing and I'll try more of Martel, but not so much the story. It was too incoherent, felt pointless. It dragged around too much, and while it wasn't an heavy read, the complete lack of plot makes it hard to keep reading. Some parts where good - the first half, in which the main character's childhood in explored, and the last part, up to the abrupt ending.
Once the main character (view spoiler)[suddenly, without explanation, changes gender (hide spoiler)], the book becomes more tedious, long, pointless and confusing. I wasn't sure where it was going, and by the time I reached the end, I was convinced I'd missed something, because I simply did not get it and could not find myself caring about what passed as a plot.
In the last quarter or so of the book, something happens to the main character, (view spoiler)[who is brutally raped by a stranger. That part, although only lasting the 50-odd final pages, felt very real, very well done to me. It was brutal and unexpected, didn't seem to fit with the rest of the book, but there you have it. (hide spoiler)]
I'm not certain about the ending itself. Perhaps I missed something there as well, and should read it again?
It took me a while to read it. I started on a trip and forgot about it once I came back home.