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The Gathering by Anne Enright
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Oct 25, 2007

did not like it
bookshelves: book-club-picks, just-can-t-read-it-anymore
Read in January, 2008

Ok I'm gonna say it. This is the worst book I've read in 2008 (yes, it's only January 10th and is so far the ONLY book I've read in 2008). I don't think I can finish it. Yet I have to finish it in order to discuss it. The question is, can I fake it enough to pass as though I've read it? As the leader of the book group--I think this might not be a good plan. But as a struggling reader who would rather do household chores than sit down and get past page 68.

F*ck it. I'm done.

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Nancy I've discovered the weirdest pattern with the Bookers and the National Book Awards. I find that I like the short listers and dislike the winners. It isn't always true for me, but it's happened often enough that I don't read the winners until someone else takes the bullet for me.

message 2: by Pam (new)

Pam i thought you were really looking forward to this??

message 3: by Jill (new) - rated it 1 star

Jill I would rather die than finish this book.

message 4: by Pam (new)

Pam hahahah...then don't finish it. DUH

message 5: by Jill (new) - rated it 1 star

Jill Nancy, let me respond by agreeing with you. I don't feel that I go in with any preconceived notion of a book being good or bad just because some stuck up types said it's good or bad. However, I have found that quite a few of the major award winners have lacked something, and in this case, lacked likeability whatsoever. I am so frustrated with reading right now! Audio is the only thing saving my brain at this point.

message 6: by Jill (new) - rated it 1 star

Jill I found reading questions online, so I'm officially DONE with "The Gathering."

Nancy I think it's perfectly fair to fail to finish a book even if it's for book club. You can discuss WHY the book sucked your soul out through your eyes.

You have to make an honest effort to read it, of course, but the day I HAVE to read something ended the day I took my last exam in school.

message 8: by Stephanie (new)

Stephanie I bought this book very quickly after it won the Booker. But, like so many of my book purchases, it still sits unread on the shelf. If you don't mind my saying so, I feel *more* compelled now to at least sneak a peek at to see why SO many people hate it. Yours isn't the first scathing review I've come across! Stay tuned for my assessment sometime soon...

message 9: by Jill (new) - rated it 1 star

Jill stephanie, i'm really looking forward to hearing what you think. my bookclub is in 2 weeks and they mostly hate the books we pick, so i'm dreading this one....

i've said to a few people that maybe if i had read this in a day, it would have gripped me as so many reviewers told me it would.

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