Friday, April 17, 2009

Unfinished Friday


So, I had an idea to start a new feature on Boston Bibliophile- Unfinished Friday. The idea is to post each Friday about a book that I've left unfinished, and then let you all tell me if you think I should finish it. If you want to play along, I'd love it if you left a link in the comments with your own unfinished book. Because, you know, we book bloggers need another weekly meme.

My first Unfinished Friday book is Atmospheric Disturbances, by Rivka Galchen. This book came out last year, and has been widely praised and even won some awards- it was a New York Times Notable Book of the Year for 2008 and won the Salon Book Award of 2008.

It's a character-driven novel about a man who believes that his wife has been spirited away and replaced with an exact duplicate- a premise reminiscent of Borges, and the wife is even from Argentina, so I sense a direct link here. Anyway I had kind of a hard time muddling through it, and my husband, who is reading it right now, is also considering giving up on it. So tell me- have you read it? What did you think? Do you think I should muddle through and finish it, or not? I really would love to know what you think.