Margaret (pling) wrote,
Margaret
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I rarely actually give up on books - no matter how bad there's normally some reason to carry on and finish it, like wanting to know what happens, or if the author can pull off any sort of ending, or liking the characters even if the plot sucks, or something. But I've just given up on "The Physiognomy" by Jeffrey Ford after about 50 pages. I find the protagonist tedious, the plotline dull and the prose style torturous. I did flick through to see if it improved, but it didn't seem to, and nothing even caught my attention enough to make me read another page. I'm really quite astonished that it won an award (it proclaims that it was the winner of the 1998 World Fantasy Award on the front cover), but I suspect it's clever in a way that simultaneously annoys and escapes me ;)
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