ClaecElric4God wrote:Looking for the Lost: Journeys Through a Vanishing Japan - by Alan Booth.
I can't tell if this author hates Japan, or just life in general. His writing style and personal viewpoint are so depressing. I read the summary of this book and thought, "Oh, cool. Some guy wandered around Japan and complied an account of his visit and experiences. It'll be a nice blend of good and bad, unbiased and unstereotyped.
That said, he does give a straightforward, unsugar-coated picture of Japan. But...it's not very optimistic. He spends the whole time complaining about it. All I can think the whole time I'm reading is, "Why on earth would you waste your time if you hate it so much?" I just get this impression of a guy sticking a pin in his thumb to see what it feels like, then complaining to everyone around him how much it hurts, without taking the pin out. So everyone else has to suffer through his self-inflicted suffering.
Long story short, I'm sure this is a gem underneath all the sardonism and overall grumpiness of the author, but I don't think I'll be finishing it. It's too dry and uninteresting.
GeneD wrote:Snap Atria35, well mostly. I'm reading Harry Potter for the first time, in chapter 6 of Prisoner of Azkaban now. I tried the first book a long time ago and thought it was boring and a bit creepy. The more "for-kids" type of writing in the first and second book was a pain to get through but I obviously enjoyed the first book a lot more this time around and hopefully I can get through them all eventually.
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