Saturday, February 4, 2012

ReView of THREE JUNES by Julia Glass Winner of the NATIONAL BOOK AWARD


This book I felt had a perpetual context of mothers, fathers, brothers and sisters.  It is intricately written with plenty of human complexity, much of which flew right over my head, to the point that I was loosing momentum with every couple of pages I was reading.  It took a while for me to finish, and I barely finished it, much I skimmed through.  Maybe this isn't my 'cup of tea.'  Something along the same lines happened with Jane Austen's novels, except for 'Pride and Prejudice.'

There's a scarcity of words with which to describe this book, for me, anyway. Maybe someone would like to enlighten me, but I really think that there is a simple plot to this novel -the story of a Scottish family and what happens to them through life.  I think I'm missing the point with this book, in terms of the plot.  I had a hard time feeling for this story.  I was so caught up in the language of the book, along the way I forgot about the plot.

Julia Glass is a very skillful writer.  She blew my mind so many times. Every sentence was so thought-out, so perfectly placed.  It's one of those books that might just be beyond me at this moment, I have to suspect.  Otherwise I would be left to feel let down if it is the winner of the National Book Award.

This is just one of those books I HAVE to come back to.  It bothers me that I understood so little of the message, although I am satisfied that I read such a well linguistically constructed book.


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