When I decided to read through the 1,001 Books list, I immediately realised that there were some books I simply couldn't face reading so I gave myself a little "cheat" - the get out of jail free cards. I am allowing myself to choose not to read up to 50 of the 1,001 Books but, instead, to replace them with books that are in other editions of the book, but not the 2008 edition from which I have taken the list.
I used my first on Buddenbrooks a couple of months ago and really didn’t think I would be playing my second so soon afterwards. The next book should have been Lives of Girls and Women by Alice Munro. I’m sure it’s a very good book. I really am. But this is the product description on Amazon:
“The story of Del Jordan growing up in gossipy and insular Jubilee begins with a frog-catching expedition and ends with a shattered love affair. Between, lies the rich and unforgettable texture of female experience.”
And, I’m sorry but my heart sank into my shoes when I read it. Call me closed-minded if you will but I’m pretty sure I would not enjoy this at all. So, with apologies to Alice Munro, I’m going to skip it and, in its place, will be reading Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy by John le Carre, much more to my taste.