Wednesday, August 5, 2009

Weekly Reading Update: Angela's Ashes by Frank McCourt

Tried to read: Julie and Julia by Julie Powell
Tried to read: American Gods by Neil Gaiman

Currently reading: Angela’s Ashes by Frank McCourt – page 74

After two false starts this week, I finally settled on Angela’s Ashes by Frank McCourt. A few weeks ago I procured a used copy of the book and found it a little startling that I have never read it, nor have I seen the movie. After McCourt’s death on July 19, 2009 at age 78 he and his book were on the forefront of my mind. I must admit, however, that the real reason I chose this book to read this week was because I am going to NYC this weekend and the copy I have is a palm-sized mass market which will easily fit into my purse.

So far, so excellent. It’s not what you’d traditionally consider a “page turner” but the two times I managed to find time to sit down and read, I couldn’t put it down.

I only gave Julie and Julia until page 30 before I put it down and decided it wasn’t for me. I still want to see the movie, but the narrator in the book starts off way too whiny and self-deprecating and it really grated on me.

I started reading American Gods after recommendations by 2 or 3 different people at different times. So I was kind of excited to start it, but it really did not appeal to me at all. I even gave it until page 100 until I put it down. The main character fell flat. There were bits of mythology interwoven with the main story which were interesting, but not interesting enough to make me want to read the next 450 pages.

I always say there are way too many good books to waste time suffering through ones that don’t appeal to me.


Kathleen A. Ryan said...

If you'd like a real treat, listen to Frank reading Angela's Ashes on audiobook. It's wonderful.

Anne Greenawalt said...

Thanks for the tip, Kathleen!

I love listening to an author who can read his/her own work well.

Kathleen A. Ryan said...

I was fortunate to have taken Frank's Memoir writing workshop at the Southampton Writers Conference in 2007. I met him at the 06 & 08 conference, too. When I mentioned to him that I loved listening to his audiobook of Angela's Ashes, he said that they wanted to hire a professional reader instead. Luckily, he won that argument. I've been listening to it to help ease the pain of his loss. He tells it so funny -- you must take it out of the library. I did just that, but ended up buying my own copy so I could listen whenever!