I’ve scratched two books off my reading list, so maybe I can squeeze one more in before the end of the year.
1. Apeirogon by Colum McCann rates 4 on 5.
2. For the way the book is structured.
3. For the message of hope.
4. But you keep waiting for something to happen. For something to give. For a happy ending. The book is a mirror.
5. I only wish he had held on more tightly to the birds. Till the end. The book flies.
6. The Professor by Charlotte Bronte. My year-end classic gets only a 1 on 5.
7. For the not-so-interesting storyline.
8. For the one-dimensional characters that you simply can’t get interested in.
9. You keep waiting for something to happen. For something to give. For some intensity. The book is a frigid lake.
10. I only wish those dozens of dialogues in French were in English. A lot may have been lost in the absence of translation.
11. “It will not be over until we talk” says the bumper sticker on Rami Elhanan’s motorbike. It is almost 2023. Talk.
12. “There’s a method in my madness; there’s none in yours” claims Frances Henri to a very annoying man. That was 1857. Not much has changed.
13. I will add another of McCann’s books to my list, perhaps “TransAtlantic”. (This is how the list grows out of control. Sigh)