Anne Enright – The Gathering
I’m trying to read all the Booker winners, in the next couple of years. This painstakingly dull book, filled with unengaging characters and a pointless plot adds a serious blemish to my plan at the very outset. I struggled through the first thirty pages, and struggled some more ’til I hit page 89, in a week… And then… then I just gave up, and figured this book is not for me. I mean, what a gigantic waste of my reading time!
I wonder if the Booker judges even read this book, and if they did, did they have exceptionally low standards? I must read the rest of the shortlist for 2007, for I really can’t fathom how this book won any kind of prize.
I mean, what kind of a person imagines the sex-life of her grandmother, and starts off a chapter saying she thought her grandmother was a prostitute? That’s the narrator for you. She also judges her mum, and talks of the ‘endless humping’ in her family, which led to the number of siblings she had being in double-digits.
I feel terrible, but, 0/10. If negative ratings work, I’d probably give this a -10. Argh! Ok, rant over.
PS: I was almost tempted to create a new ‘genre’ called pointless reading for this!
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