Eighth Decade Summary

This group of books was a bit of a “meh” group. I didn’t really hate any of the books I read, but I also didn’t fall in love with any of them. None of them got me jumping out of my seat with excitement or drew me in and stayed with me long after I finished reading them.

There were some that I just did not enjoy, period, like The Spy Who Came In From The Cold, which was interesting but not enticing, or Marguerite Duras’ The Lover, which did absolutely nothing for me. The satiric Joseph Andrews should have been funny and enjoyable, but I think it was so over the top that it almost became the thing it was trying to mock.

Other books, Regeneration and LaBrava, just weren’t that memorable. I reviewed them awhile after I’d read them, but it’s not a good sign if you can’t even remember the basic plot of a book within a few weeks after you’ve finished them. I could hardly remember anything about LaBrava, and when I looked back at my list and saw that I’d read Regeneration, I had to revisit my Kindle to make sure. I had no memory of reading it at all.

A couple of the books, The Driver’s Seat and High Rise, were just damn uncomfortable to read. Spark’s The Driver’s Seat was like a short, quick, uncomfortable drive into hell (but in a good way), and High Rise shoved human nature into your face and would not let you look away.

All in all, this wasn’t a great group of books, which made getting the motivation to blog (or even read) a little bit hard.

My favorite book from this group is probably High Rise. I appreciated what J.G. Ballard did and enjoyed taking a look at how society breaks down and how humans react in that kind of situation. It was uncomfortable, yes, but I like it when books make me uncomfortable.

That said, The Driver’s Seat wins the prize for most uncomfortable book I’ve ever read.

The next set of books will start out with Edgar Allen Poe’s The Purloined Letter

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