Monday, May 26, 2008
Cryptic Writing, Please Explain, Someone, Anyone?
I just painfully finished The Gathering by Anne Enright. Why painfully? The writing was so vague and cryptic. I can't be like the reviewer at Amazon: "This book is written in a meaty, organic style, rare to find (e.g., "There was something about the smell of us growing up that drove (our parents) completely insane." and "The ground is boiling with corpses, the ground is knit out of their tangled bones.")" In my mind, the author must have taken a lifetime to write the story of the effect of a pedophile on a brother's life in such a round about way.
It's not that I consider myself a stupid reader, I don't have to have everything laid out for me in a predictable style. However, I do like to be able to make connections to the story or to a character. I guess the author was trying to write a book like Angela's Ashes by creating even worse parents for an Irish family.
Why did I spend the time to read this book? Damned if I know, usually I go by my own rule that by being as close to fifty that I am, that I can now read books that I enjoy. My life is to short to waste on the pretentious books. Maybe I read it to try to figure out what the critics saw in it for others to enjoy. In the category of beach books, summer reads, pass this one over.