Wednesday, March 3, 2010

The Room and the Chair by Lorraine Adams

I feel like I bumped my head and received a concussion where my reading taste buds have lost their ability to ... well, taste. I feel like I haven’t enjoyed a book in a long, long time. Perhaps it’s simply because it took me a long, long time to read this book, which I did not enjoy.
The Room and the Chair was confusing and irritating. Like an annoyingly overzealous child who wants to be everything when he grows up, but can’t really make an intelligent decision on the subject.
There were too many quick-change jumps from here to there, person to person. I found it difficult to keep track of the story and even more difficult to find a reason to care. I did not feel connected to any one character and only mildly with one story line or another - story lines that never did climax or connect even to each other.
And I may have to see a doctor concerning this concussion!


bev said...

For the life of me I can't understand your ability to stick with a book even though it isn't one you like. If I don't get to the enjoyment factor by the end of the 3rd chapter, the book is history! Life is too short to waste on a boring read.
Don't. Waste. Your. Time. Girlfriend!

is the author going to come and slam us for our opinions on this?

Becca said...

Ha ha! Maybe if she likes to Google herself like ... that other one! Anyway, I believe I have only put down two books in my life without finishing them.

Brook Vessell said...

I also lo-ve to read, but there have been times when I have to say this isn't working and but the book away. One of the most recent ones was a tome lent to me by my friend Shelly who read it for her book club. The first two chapters (maybe more I wouldn't know) was a rambling monologue of history and back story, I had no idea what century the story was actually going to take place in or even what the story was going to be about (perhaps I should have read chapter 3?) I gave it back. The other book that I would have loved to put down was The Last Lecture by Randy Pausch. Scot received it as a gift and wanted me to read it first, as I read more quickly and he wanted to know if he should read it. It is a really small book with short chapters that took me fore-ver to read! By chapter 4 I was thinking Scot's not going to like this book. By chapter 7 or 8, I knew he was going to hate it, I was starting to dislike it intensely. But it was such a small book and the end result of the book was for his children so I plugged away. It is a tangible gift for his children, which makes it special and meaningful for them, but I was glad when I was done with it. God bless Randy.