I know a number of avid readers who abhor the idea of starting a book and leaving it uncompleted. I must respectfully disagree with these. Life is too short and there are far too many choices to read books you don’t like.
That being said, let me introduce you to my latest example of something I put down: The Observations by Jane Harris.
I must admit that the novel’s plot did make me curious, and I was trudging along alright when I just couldn’t take it any longer. The narrator, Bessy, was interesting enough, but the whole thing, written in first person as if she were writing a memoir, was written in colloquialism. All due apologies to Mr. Clemens, but unless it’s bound within quotations that particular writing style just drives me nuts. Perhaps it’s my tendency to correct grammar (not my nicest feature,) but I find myself mentally marking each page until it looks like a veritable bloodbath.
I made it nearly halfway through the book before I had to let Bessy go. I’m sure she’ll do fine as someone else’s heroine, but I had no more patience for what she would have “tellt” me.
Luckily, I picked up a couple of science magazines and then got another installment for my portion of our YA Historical Fiction Challenge, so the parting was not too painful to bear.