Sunday, 18 December 2011

Day 18 of the 30 day book talk...




A Book that disappointed you



Because I read so much I have decided that my life is too short to read a bad book, and therefore feel no guilt when I abandon a book at whatever stage it starts to irritate. Most books are subjected to the 80 page rule, and if I'm not hooked by then, I'm afraid I give it up.....

The only exception to this rule is when I review books. and then I do try to complete the book in order to make a sound judgement...

A recent book that really disappointed me was :

One Day by David Nicholls


One Day by David Nicholls

I know - I can hear everyone saying - "Oh, I loved that one - great book, great movie..."

It just didn't do it for me - I felt the whole thing was contrived, and almost purposely written with a movie deal in mind......and I so wanted to like it, I was disappointed in myself that I didn't enjoy it more...I thought the beginning was ok - as was the end - it was more the bit in the middle that disappointed me....



jaffa's choice

Not so much a disappointing story but a disappointing rhyme....


Mr Mistoffelees by T S Elliot .....from Old Possum's book of Practical Cats


OH!
Well I never!
Was there ever
A Cat so clever
As Mr Mistoffelees...

when really it should be........

OH!
Well I never!
Was there ever
A Cat so Clever
As Mr Jaffa










6 comments:

  1. Pity poor T S Elliot who never met Jaffa! LOL Hilary

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  2. Hilary - I agree - just think how successful T S Elliot would have been had he met with Mr Jaffa - !!!

    I'm sure Jaffa has more followers than I do ! x

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  3. I started One Day and got a bit bored, I do intend to read it but so many people seem to have loved it and I wasn't that keen.

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  4. Hi Lindsay - I'm glad that you have the same reservations as me about One Day - just shows you can't please all the people, all the time....

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  5. 80 pages? You're much more generous that I am. I give it 50 pages or 3 chapters and then it's quits. But to be fair to books, sometimes it's more me than them. Sometimes you're in the mood for chocolate and other times filet mignon. Neither one is good or bad but when you are in the mood for one, the other just won't do. Pauline

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  6. Pauline - I agree that sometimes the reader is at fault more than the book - I have gone on to re read a book I've previously given up on and then enjoyed it ...I like your analogy !!

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Thanks for taking the time to comment - Jaffa and I appreciate your interest.