“Hey! It’s been so long since we last spoke. Have you gotten my letters?” she asked.“Yes, I’ve received your letters and thrown all of them out because I can’t stand you and I wish you leave me alone!” I thought.“Oh, no, I must have had a mail issue. I haven’t received any of your letters. How have you been?” I replied.
Do you see the problem? I would read out the entire sentence and think he’s talking out loud to the person and then realize he was just thinking it. It was aggravating, especially because the main character really struggled with confessing his crime and would think it quite often mid conversation, so I kept thinking, Oh he’s going to tell this person he is the murderer! and then I would have to readjust and realize it was just a passing thought. It was extremely tedious.
My final issue with this book, another trivial matter, is the names. Now, I can read and thoroughly enjoy things like the Iliad. Greek dramas have insane names and relationships and somehow I’m able to file it all in my head and keep track of everyone quite easily, even if they have similar names or they are referred to in a few different ways. For some reason, I couldn’t do this as easily with Crime and Punishment. I still don’t get why people are referred to a bunch of different ways, but I’d have to stop myself confirm that the paragraph was still referring to the same person I thought, but for some reason addressing that person differently. Again, another tedious thing.
All of these things really stopped me from enjoying this novel. But after reading it, as agonizing that was for me, I didn’t enjoy the story at all. I didn’t like any of the characters, I didn’t like the plot at all. I didn’t like the ramblings of the main character. It just seemed pointless.
I wish I could have enjoyed this book as much as I wanted to. Maybe my expectations were too high.
This book also completes 1 of the 6 books I chose for the That’s What You Think Challenge.
- A Confederacy of Dunces – John Kennedy Toole
Crime and Punishment- Fyodor Dostoyevsky
- The Lovely Bones – Alice Sebold
- Catcher in the Rye – JD Salinger
- The Lord of the Rings – JRR Tolkien
The Wind in the Willows – Kenneth Grahame