I have a hard time giving up on a book. I keep thinking if I read just a little bit more, I will like it. The dilemma is even harder when I have paid for the book instead of getting it from the library. I won’t give up if it is a monthly book club selection, but there have been times where it was tough to finish.
I have been wanting to read a good humor novel for a while. Here is the description of They May Not Mean To, But They Do by Cathleen Schine: ” From one of America’s greatest comic novelists, a hilarious new novel about aging, family, loneliness, and love.”
The description had me at hilarious. According to Webster’s that means extremely funny. To me it also means Laugh Out Loud Funny. So far, I have read the first twelve (12) chapters of the book (28%) and I haven’t even had a smirk or a chuckle.
The story line is about an elderly New York woman, Joy, who struggles to take care of her very sick husband, while still working part time at the age of 85. Her daughter Molly lives in California, and her son is busy with his two young children.
The book is about the journey of trying to keep your dignity as you grow older. It is nice to hear the story from the viewpoint of the older woman. The book is also about the struggles of caregivers, and the guilt the children have when their parents become fragile. The characters are all likable and honorable… but they aren’t funny.
So now, I am struggling as to whether I should finish or just move on. I did pay for this one, and it is not a book club selection. I have accepted it is not a humorous book. What would you do? When do you decide to abandon a book?
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