“I can never read all the books I want;
I can never be all the people I want and live all the lives I want.”
Over at Should Be Reading, we answer three questions on Wednesdays.
- What are you reading?
I also have Runaway (another book of short stories by the same author). I’m not sure if I will alternate back and forth intermingling stories between both books, or not.*
I’m almost finished listening to Eleanor and Park and my heart will be broken when I hear it’s final words.
- What did you recently finish?
I gave it 3-stars on Goodreads because I liked it. I didn’t love it. McEwan (On Chesil Beach remains my favorite) is one of the best writers on the planet. I love his narration. It’s crisp, descriptive enough without overdoing it. Sometimes it seems so plain that you could miss what’s happening. I know this about his writing so sometimes it takes a bit of focus. His books always start out slow and Amsterdam was no exception.
Three men (although only two I’d consider main characters) are connected to each other because they had the same lover at one point in their lives. Molly. The book begins with Molly’s memorial service which all three attend much to the distaste of her husband.
I couldn’t stand any of the characters (which doesn’t mean I don’t/won’t like a book). They were narcissistic as indicated by the length they would go to satisfy their ambitions and betray each other. The ending befits the lot of them. If you like McEwan, you'll also enjoy this book.
- What will you read next?
I’m never sure. It will depend how I feel when I finish Munro’s short stories. I’m craving a little spice because the books I’ve been reading are tame. Eleanor and Park has so much sweet and tender first love stuff that it’s making me crave more, uh, sexy stuff.
*Do you read one book straight through to conclusion or intermingle your reading between two or more essentially reading multiple books at the same time? I have a friend who does this (picks up whichever book strikes his mood at the time) and reads 6, 8, 10 at a time. Just curious!
I am a monogamous reader. Always have been but everyone has their own style.