Tuesday, July 31, 2012

Telegraph Avenue- The End of the Road

Picking up Telegraph Avenue late last week for my daily 20 pages, I decided I didn't want to continue. This is definitely a case of the "not for me's". I'm a plot reader; there just wasn't enough of a plot to keep me going. I gave it a chance for as long as I could but in the end the simple fact is I wanted to read something else more than I wanted to finish this.

I want to thank Emily of As the Crowe Flies (And Reads) for running this great readalong and for including me. She went above and beyond the call of duty to make me feel welcomed and I really appreciate all her hard work and enthusiasm. I also want to thank HarperCollins and Michael Chabon for their willingness to do a pre-publication readalong, provide the copies and let us bloggers report back honestly.

I'm not soured on Chabon; I have a couple of his books in my TBR and they're not going anywhere soon. I'm interested to read The Yiddish Policeman's Union and Kavalier and Clay and I promise to keep an open mind. Not every book works for every reader, and this one just didn't work for me.

Finally, I'd like to pass my copy along to someone who might be a better fit. So if you've followed along these past few weeks and you'd like to give Telegraph Avenue a go, tell me so in the comments and I'll pick a winner at random by next Tuesday. I can only ship to the United States at the moment. Also, I tend to be slow about shipping, but I'll do my best to mail it by the end of next week.

11 comments:

BookBelle said...

You're so right: There is a book for every reader and a reader for every book. I think it's perfectly admirable of you to admit it wasn't for you.

bermudaonion said...

Kudos to you for giving it a try! I have to have plot in a book.

JoAnn said...

I started one of Chabon's books several years ago and gave up. Wish I could remember the title...

As the Crowe Flies and Reads said...

Sorry it didn't work out for you, but I so happy that you played along. Without this varied and opinioned group, I might not have finished if I'd been reading on my own!

Reading Rambo said...

Aw, glad you participated anyway! It was definitely a long'un.

Amy said...

I finished it, but I didn't love it. Give Kavalier & Clay a try. I liked that a lot better. And don't enter me in the drawing. I already have a copy. ;-)

Zibilee said...

Sorry that this one didn't work for you. I have had problems in the past with Chabon, so it's not only you. I do admire you for stepping out of the readalong when you knew it just wan't working though. Not many would do that.

Pam said...

I've been wanting to try a Michael Chabon book and would be willing to give this one a try.

Nicole said...

PLEASE try Kavalier and Clay. I've yet to meet someone who didn't like it and it tugs on my heartstrings so just to think about it. I'll be curious to know how you felt about it when that time comes!

Lindsey said...

I agree with Amy and Nicole. Kavalier and Clay is so different in terms of style and plot. I liked Telegraph Avenue, but I loved K and C.

Jenna said...

Looks like something I'd like to try- I too have his other books on my TBR list!!