March 31, 2004
14 Down, 38 To Go
I finished The Lovely Bones, by Alice Sebold yesterday. The story revolves around the murder of a young girl and its effect on her family friends, and the murdered girl herself (in heaven). After reading the first chapter I was enthralled, Sebold initially sets the scene for a magnificent novel, but the story stutters before picking up in the final third of the book. I would liken the book to a fallen soufflé: a bit dense in the middle, but still filling and full of flavor.
My next book has been on my reading list for a year: Sandy Koufax: A Lefty's Legacy, by Jane Leavy. With baseball season starting yesterday, I'm ready to take on the story of one of baseball's premier and most enigmatic pitchers.
Posted by david on March 31, 2004
i absolutely agree with what you said about "the lovely bones". i read this book last year and i felt the same way...the ending ended up being very disappointing and cliche but i enjoyed reading it. very emotional and poignant. there are some great parts to that book.
were you distracted by the fact that the main character's last name was salmon, or was that just me?
I really appreciate the feedback you give everyone on the books. I'm nearly halfway through Middlesex, and I really like it.
I thought the choice of the family's name (salmon) was a little too easy a metaphor.
I really enjoyed Middlesex, it was the best fiction I've read all year.
Awful ending aside (it was pretty bad), the book was an excellent read.