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Let My Head Spin

Interesting how my reading habit is disturbed just after a day I talked about its inveteracy. Isn’t life capricious. I’m down to the last straw (pun not intended) of reading Let the Great World Spin, which still doesn’t wow me as much as I have expected. The paradox of the innocent act of tight-roping being carried out between two monumental buildings that would be one day destroyed is really difficult to ignore. Maybe that is what haunts me all along the reading. Other than that, I expect it to shine more. Should I switch over to audio before reaching the end? I do enjoy the writing, which changes voices and styles that suit the characters. I’ll up date you on the final verdict.

7 Responses

  1. The audio version is fabulous! It really added to my overall enjoyment of the novel. I started with the audio and got a little confused by the structure, so borrowed the book from the library. Got into a pattern of listening in the car and reading in the evening. I think I ‘experienced’ the book more than ‘read’ it. I highly recommend giving the audio a chance.

  2. Oh, I have been planning to read this since I heard an interview with the author on NPR. I’m looking forward to reading your review, and I do hope it gets better for you.

  3. Ack! My heart is breaking! This book is meant to be adored, and it about made my head explode from its beauty. But I did listen to the audio, and like JoAnn said, it is more of an experience. If you aren’t enjoying the printed word, please switch and buckle yourself in.

  4. I finished this one last week and loved it. I adored it in a way that I have not adored a book in a long, long time.

    How far are you into it?

    I will say that it may not be a book for everyone. The varying viewpoints, etc. I found it to be quietly beautiful though.

  5. I’ll be interested in hearing your final verdict. So many have raved about this book but I trust your perceptions and interpretations so my rushing to read or not read will be hinging on your conclusions!

  6. I would stick with the print version if I were you. I had a difficult time getting into this too. People kept telling me how beautiful it was, but I didn’t get really invested until about 100 pages from the end, maybe less. Keep going, I promise it will all come together and hopefully you’ll be loving it by the end as much as I did 🙂

  7. […] matter if you still want to finish the story. Matthew at A Guy’s Moleskine Notebook posted a mid-read query that mirrors my own ambiguous feelings about the trajectory of the book, and then a final review […]

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