10-28-2007 11:23 PM
But is it the author's responsibility to meet our expectations? What would you think of this book if you hadn't read The Lovely Bones? Yes, this book is pretty dark, but to be fair, a lot of books as dark or darker than this one have still received critical acclaim. Is it fair to compare the two fictional books this author has written?
10-29-2007 12:18 PM
10-29-2007 03:56 PM
When I read The Almost Moon a few months ago, I remember thinking that it was going to be a monster bestseller. (Well, it's going to sell quite a few copies no matter what.) But I really expected the novel to be incredibly well-received. I thought the story was so compelling and the writing beautiful. For me, the book was almost hypnotic. I remember picking it up on a Satuday, and having places to go and things to do, but being completely unable to put the book down until I'd finished it. As a rule, I really like happy books with happy endings, so this was definitely not my normal cup of tea. But I LOVED it. I've been raving about it ever since. To be honest, I can't exactly figure out why people are hating it so much.
So, is it fair to compare? My immediate response was: no. No, it's not fair to demand an author write the same book over and over. No, it's not fair to criticize an author for striking out in a different direction. But, I guess the market ultimatly decides what is good. I think The Almost Moon is brilliant, but I'm in the minority. Sometimes a book recieves critical acclaim, but limited readership. In this case, the book is being slammed on all sides. I respect Alice Sebold for telling the story she wants to tell, but if she continues to do so, and disappoints her readers, her career will suffer. Maybe if enough people agree with the assessment, it is fair after all. Tough to know.
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10-29-2007 11:02 PM
This book really should be judged on its own merits, and in a way I envy those of you who haven't read the other books first. Books are so personal, that is one reason why I always take reviews with a grain of salt. We all look for different things in books, and we all get different things out of them, too. With The Almost Moon, one thing you can say for it, whether you liked it or not -- I don't think anyone could describe it as boring!
10-31-2007 08:16 AM