Friday, September 22, 2006

Losing Eddie

I just finished reading Losing Eddie by Deborah Joy Corey. I didn't really like it. It was written from the perspective of a pre-adolecent child and I just found that viewpoint irritating. By pure (un)luck, it was about the struggles of a family when their oldest son was killed in a car accident. I just chose the thing off the shelf at random and it was about the death of a child. Oh, and there was even a miscarriage alluded to. Sheesh.

So I didn't like the book, but it took me little more than 2 hours to read. I can see the appeal that it may have for other people (it was well written), just not my style.

Sadly, I am a Type A personality and can't quit a book once I've started it. But now, I can cross it off of my reading list and get on to some of the other books you've recommended.

P.S. If you haven't put in your recommendations yet, please do!


whatthef*ck said...

i loved, loved, loved "The Corrections" by Jonathan Franzen. Really well-written about an impressively dysfunctional family.

I just finished a classic, "Sophie's Choice." Little on the heavy side but gripping.

"I, Elizabeth" by Rosalind Miles was very engaging, about Queen Elizabeth and her unlikely rise to power.

"Eat, Love, Pray" took me through my most recent dead baby disaster. Amazing story of a depressed's woman's efforts to experience pleasure again as she travels thru Italy, India, and Bali.

I also liked "The time Traveler's Wife." It altered my view on death a little.

kate said...

I would have thought that the title of that book alone would have warned you off? I thought you were looking for something light and amusing. Hence, stay away from 'Sophie's Choice'...

Rosepetal said...

I'm not feeling like writing any witty intelligent book reviews, but I just finished a book called "Blinding Light"
by Paul Theroux and I'm almost finished another, rather bizarre book called "Kafka on the Shore" by
Haruki Murakami (the first Murakami book I've read but I will try another based on this one).

Both of them have stories which kept me entertained and turning pages. I'm not up to using the word "enjoy" yet, but I think that's me rather than the books themselves.

Neither of them feature babies or pregnancy (unless Kafka on the Shore will pull one out of the hat in the last few pages, which given the bizarreness of the story, wouldn't be that surprising). They both do feature a fair amount of sex though, especially the Paul Theroux one. (For some reason, I feel like I need to add that's not why I picked them out).

delphi said...

Yes, yes, of course. :)
However, the book synopsis made it seems as though the "losing" of Eddie was to destructive behaviour and the family pulled together to bring him back from the brink. You know, a things-were-going-bad-but-now-they're-good kind of tale. I am such an optomist sometimes.