I have come to my first Gouda Buddha conundrum. I am more than 100 pages into Atonement by one Ian McEwan (note that this book is just over 300 pages), and hating it. I hated Ian McEwan the first time I read him, as his writing leaves me cold. While it’s technically sound, and I should in theory like it based on other authors I like and my appreciation for the Booker Prize, he is so detached from his stories that I find it impossible to care about his characters. Rather, I am just annoyed by them. So do I finish the book just so be certain I don’t like him? Interestingly, my main motivation for reading the book was to watch the movie, and now my main motivation for finishing the book is to write it up in this blog and thoroughly kick it to the curb. Of course, right now that post looks something like:
Dear Ian McEwan,
We get it. You are subtle. Please stop now.
Input appreciated. Please discuss.