Can I just say how incredibly frustrated I am by this book (many pages, long drawn-out passages)? I’m listening to the audio version (deadpan delivery, monotonous rendering) & I’m about 78% done. I don’t really care what happens to Theo or the painting. I am astounded that he’s able to accomplish anything in life because at every important point in the book he just seems dumbfounded by it all (mouth agape, awkward silences). And note all these parentheticals I’m adding – there must be hundreds of thousands in the book! Which is sort of ok in the descriptive sections, but many characters seem to have adopted the habit – they use them in conversation too. I find myself distracted , listening for the next description instead of paying attention to the story.
But here’s my problem. I profess to not caring about Theo or The Goldfinch, but I have to know what happens. It’s a compulsion I have – I might yell and curse and drive Dr. M crazy with my whining, but I never give up on a book. I'd like to check out the actual physical book from the library so I can scan it & skim over all the annoying bits (I’d be finished in an hour, tops!), but it’s so inexplicably popular that I would be #36 in line to read it. By the time it’s available I should be finished with the audio version.
Let’s see. There are 32 parts. And I’m almost done with part 25. Each part is about an hour long. That’s another seven hours of listening pleasure. So I should be done sometime on Wednesday or Thursday. Oh joy. I’m gonna need to listen to a Jack Reacher book next just to cleanse my palate. Ha!