im only half way, but its taken a good 5 hours to get that far. (maybe im just a slow reader)
his prose is great, very nicely written and artstic, and sometimes i find myself getting sucked in, then rabbit says something totally stupid and i want to throw the book out of the window. i can see the appeal of a morally shady character, especially put in his situation, but not only is he pathetically hopeless and arrogant, but he doesn't do anything, nothing happens. really nothing happens VERY slowly, which is the extra salt in the wounds.
that restaurant scene for ten pages, could have been told in 2. a whole long page deicated to what was on the radio....wasn't need AT ALL. and also the scene with ruth in her apartment. and i have never known a night of romance written over so many pages. its just slow. i can take slow if i care about a character or two, or if their is a major plot line slowly unfolding, but right now im just fed up.
I want to make it clear that i love dark, tragic, and even upsetting stories, books that get me emotionally involved always are my favourites. but this isn;t tragic, or upsetting for me, because i dont care about harry. if he got run over by a car in the next ten pages i would probably be relieved. i just cant wrap my head around it.
im not making this topic to be convinced to carry on reading it, its clear that its just not my thing. however what i really wanted was to get other peoples opinion on why they like it or why they dont, and maybe could shed some light on why its such a critic's darling. is it down to the prose? or were men like rabbit angstrom more believable and acceptable in the 60s?
hope to hear some opinions on this, as book i dont enjoy always laves a sour taste in my mouth, especially when its considered a classic,