Emin itibaren Ta Mieng, Phanom Dong Rak District, Surin, Tayland
Recommended at the BYU Symposium. I am almost done with this book, and just noticed that BYU suggested it at the symposium I went to, which surprises me. The characters and world are so much fun and I completely enjoyed the first half. Then things happened that bothered me a lot, especially because this is a young adult book and it paints such a horrible view of marriage. Why is marriage seen as such a confining burden? Why would non-commital sex be more joyful? This just rubs me the wrong way, down to my core, so it is hard for me to enjoy the rest of the book. I don't think I will be keeping this book. However, like I said, the characters and world are very fun and I enjoy that part very much. So it was a good and much needed distraction from a stressful time right now, but I still don't think I'm ready to try to balance fun books into my life right now. I can either read a book for a couple of days straight and ignore my kids and become mean mom, or I can ignore the books on my shelf and try to focus on the family. I just can't figure out how to put a good book down!
Some stories were extremely good. Others okay, or boring. The premise itself though was great and it was really incredible the way the same story had been looked at from such a wide array of perspectives.
I have to say that I didn't really get it too much. I didn't dislike it in any way but struggled to find much to like. It was just a ramble over the surface of a jumble of characters and narratives. Some of the quirky imaginings made me smile. I like the imagery of the world being a giant disk being eternally carried on the back of a giant turtle. The musings of fate and death and a goddess who refuses to be worshipped. And I loved the footnotes. But at the same time I thought often the language used, in an attempt to be quirky and daring, jarred and seemed out of place because a simpler, more normal word would have done the job a million times better. And the characters felt like brightly coloured, two-dimensional cartoon drawings. I would love to see the story as an animated movie or cartoon series. I think that could be amusing. And I will read the second one and give it one more chance. They always were books that I wondered why I had never read and I'm not so worried about it now, instead I'm wondering what all the fuss is about.