Tuesday, August 7, 2012

Teaser Tuesday: Winter Journal


The years of phallic obsession began. Like every other male who has wondered this earth, you were in thrall to the miraculous change that had occurred in your body.
-- Winter Journal by Paul Auster. I have had his New York Trilogy on my TBR shelf for several years.

I'm struggling.  For one thing, I had a heck of a time finding a teaser because I kept turning to passages with single sentences running over two pages long, mostly about sex.  

For another, the second-person narration is off putting to me.  So much "you did this" and "you did that" and I have to struggle against my initial reaction, which is always, no, I didn't. I didn't smoke or have a problem with premature ejaculation or live in Paris or hire prostitutes.  Maybe because his life is so very, very different from mind, I have a hard time getting inside his head as I would have to do to get over the second-person narrative. 

Teaser Tuesdays is hosted by Should Be Reading, where you can find the official rules for this weekly event. 



5 comments :

Tea norman said...

Sounds like a book you could easily forget about.

Kathy Martin said...

It does sound like it would be an easy book to quit reading. I find the second person viewpoint a hard one to get into for the same reasons you do. My teasers are from Dead Ringer by Allen Wyler and Innocent Darkness by Suzanne Lazear. Happy reading!

Vonnie Rivera said...

Though the teaser sounds interesting, I can see how you might not like it. Don't force yourself to like it. There are many good books out there waiting for you to read.

Here's my teaser

LibrarySnake said...

I've been eyeing this book. SOunds very interesting :)

http://carabosseslibrary.blogspot.com/2012/08/teaser-tuesday.html

Sandy Nachlinger said...

I'm sure I would have the same problem with second person. It rarely works. I've read two novels recently that were written in omniscient point of view, and had a hard time reading them both, even though both stories were great! I guess it's all in what we're accustomed to.
Regardless, I enjoyed today's teaser.
Mine is from a nonfiction book: HOT ISSUES, COOL CHOICES.

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