Hello again, all. I was wondering if, either now in comments or after some thought done before our next meeting, some of you could launch some good hypotheses that might help clear up a bit of nagging confusion I feel.
I felt that I’d call this work fairly good if in a generous mood and just okay if in a less generous mood. I was content to think, having heard others say it was great, that this was “just me”: there must be, I was sure, something personal and of the sort I need to work through on my own kept me from enjoying it more than I did but that I probably just happened to have run into people with some common personal criteria for literature that made all of their reactions much the same. . But then I was shopping on amazon.com and decided to look up the reviews there. I expected that readers in general would approve of the work, but what I read went way beyond that–the reviews were marvelous but simply in that the reviewers were ecstatic and quick with generic superlatives of praise though they didn’t really attribute much beyond what I do to the novel.
Okay, says I. I can think of a few books I’ve read in the past that do many of the things Morton’s novel does in much the same way, so, having encountered some of Morton’s tactics before, perhaps I was a little underimpressed by them as I read. But then I read that the book sold 63, 128 copies in its first week on the market, making Morton, at that moment, the second best selling author in the US behind J.K Rowling. Wow! So as I put all of this together, the question that burst forth from my mind was this: Is the novel really as good as these sales figures and its online reviews suggest? Very well then. I’ll bet some of you have already guessed what my next question is: if the book really is that good, why? What makes it that good that I’m missing here?
Now or before we meet, could other readers please think about these questions and, if their opinion of the book ranks among the throngs of highly favorable ones, could they be prepared to explain their views with greater specificity.
Alternately, is anyone either
1. in agreement with me about the book’s being just fairly good/okay?
2..or maybe even wholly unimpressed with or wholly unenthusiastic about the text?
I’d like to hear from you on these issues in your comments or at our next meeting. If I can appreciate the book more, I want to learn to value whatever it is I’m missing and join those who praise the book wholeheartedly. Even if this text’s treasures are of a sort that I simply cannot appreciate , I don’ t want to miss the chance to learn of attributes that make great fiction.