What I read on my vacation: two books I didn’t finish, for very different reasons
Sunday, January 9, 2011
The reason for closing the other book was quite the opposite. I had been looking forward to reading “The Known World” by Edward P. Jones and I still am. It’s just that, a single chapter into it, I knew this was not the time or place. The book is a strongly written and engaging novel about slave ownership by blacks in the antebellum American south. I was immediately drawn into it. But every time I looked up at the beach and the waves, every time I reached for another dab of 85 SPF sunscreen or another pleasant little snack, I knew this book had to wait.
Now back home surrounded by the rigors of a New England winter I will be able to give “The Known World” the kind of reading it deserves.