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13 October 2010 @ 06:01 pm
R.I.P. Challenge books #3 and 4  

These two books were rather a disappointment. I don't have much to say about Erken mij by Esther Verhoef. It was given out as a freebie during last year's "month of the thrilling book", held every June, and has not been, and will most likely never be, translated into English.

Although the prologue was promising, I didn't care for what followed. It turned out to be about rape and its aftermath, which is a subject I try to avoid. Fortunately it wasn't too graphic and at 91 pages it was a quick read.

1/5


HostAnyPhotoI bought A.M. Homes' The End of Alice at the time because I thought the title might be a reference to Alice in Wonderland, editions of which I collected, and sure enough the book opens with a Lewis Carroll quote: "A stopped clock is right twice a day." Apart from that, the only other reference I can think of is that the book's protagonist is a paedophile infatuated with a young girl called Alice.

I knew beforehand that the book's subject matter is controversial: a paedophile murderer in his 23rd year in prison strikes up a correspondence with a nineteen-year-old girl who is planning on seducing a twelve-year-old boy. That didn't put me off, but what did were the numerous descriptions of disgusting smells and revolting things that people ate. When it literally made me retch I decided, at around page 100, to call it a day and skipped forward to find out the ending. I am such a wimp.

DNF


The good news is that I have now finished all the titles on my provisional list and also achieved my goal of freeing up some shelf space. The bad news is that I couldn't resist the lure of the Kinderboekenweek ("children's book week") and bought two books yesterday! And received another free book as well! I am incorrigible. The good news is that I'm very happy with my acquisitions. And since the good outweighs the bad, I am not sorry.

There are still over two weeks left before the end of the R.I.P. Challenge. The free booklet looks like a fun read, I think I'll use it as a palate cleanser before deciding upon another Challenge book.


 
 
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: )call_me_lovey on January 24th, 2011 04:32 pm (UTC)
Hiya,

Nothing to be ashamed of –- I read David Peace after absolutely loving the Red Riding films esp. ‘74, but after really struggling with the Yiddish/religious stuff in the last one (literally gave me a headache) nearly being in tears over some bits I’m going to pass it on –- you need a degree to read him anyway.

Kathy Lette’s good for chick-lit; sounds like you need some after that.
Mnemosyne: words of wisdom_lethe_ on January 27th, 2011 08:11 pm (UTC)
I had never heard of Kathy Lette. I may give her a try, thanks.
: )call_me_lovey on January 29th, 2011 04:24 pm (UTC)
Hiya,

Luckily I know someone who loves RR as much as (if not more than) I do so I’ll have no trouble finding someone to pass it on to. I do feel a bit of an idiot now because I kept going on about how great DP was (as I tend to when I discover something new)
The films were nothing I hadn’t seen before, so you’d think I’d have been OK with the books -–- I think it was the description of the cop who had half his face shot off that got to me the most.

It’s time to worry if/when you stop being affected by these things, I think.