Book Fail! – If on a winter’s night a traveler by Italo Calvino

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Well! I didn’t do it! I’m sorry everyone but I have decided to put this book down. And yes it does break my heart and yes I know that is awful to do, but at the moment this is not the book for me.

I tried. I really did. But right now I can’t seem to appreciate the book for what it is. An experimental book at this caliber is appreciated in theory. I know I did for sure. Actually picking the book up and reading it is a completely different matter. I found it drawn out and lagging. I couldn’t appreciate the detail because I was frustrated the story wasn’t getting on.

Part of the reason I may not like it could be that I was very impatient. I got tidbits of information and hints as to what may or may not be a fact and then it went on a long winded explanation of something that really doesn’t matter. I don’t need to read about the hypothetical reader. I want to read about the man that may or may not be in hot water and the woman who may or may not be recalled again.

I tried reading it side by side with another book but when I kept finding my  mind wandering and my head bobbing as I struggled to stay awake through this book . . . MID DAY – I realized I couldn’t read it right now

I can’t appreciate the book for what it is and it would be a disservice to the book for me to even attempt to critique it or say I even read it when I could barely pay enough attention to make it through a whole paragraph. The lack of linear structure could also be a very big part of it. I like something with a little structure if not a whole lot; to read a book that seems to be floating on clouds amid a torrent of winds is extremely frustrating. It’s like I can’t get an anchor anywhere and I just can’t do that right now.

It is with a very heavy heart that I put this book down. Not forever. But until a later date when my reading palate has become more sophisticated and I can love the book for its experimental beauty. It is a highly praised novel so I don’t doubt there is some merit to something this positively received. I am just not the intended audience yet.

I don’t know if I ever will be but I will most certainly try again later.

So alas, I have put a book down. I will try to keep this to a minimum since I do want to try to read every book that someone recommends to me.

But onto the next book! And I have already chosen my book too. Check out my Instagram to see what book I decided to pick up next!

What about you guys? What is that one book you can’t read right now but want to try again later? Or that book that you just had to put down? How did you feel and how did you handle that? Let me know in the comments below!

Until next time!

Love,

The Reading Tortie

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