This week I finished one book, The Color Purple by Alice Walker. I found the book to be hard to read. Not so much because of the subject matter but because of the way the book was written. I found myself having to read parts of it out loud in order to "hear" the characters talking, especially where Cecie is the narrator. I now have the movie version queued up on Netflix.
After finishing that, I also finished reading the diary of a Teenage girl which I can't say I enjoyed but I was a big fan of the illustrations. For much of the book I felt like shaking Minnie and screaming in her face because she annoyed me so much, although to be honest, the adults in her life were total sleaze bags so it is not surprising how fucking awful Minnie was.
Now I made the mistake of starting four books at once. I started The Jungle, but immediately realized I needed a more modern book to balance things out and I stared Career of Evil Then on my Kindle I started Packing for Mars, only to immediately get informed that the electronic hold I had on Being Mortal came in so I downloaded and started reading that. So in the space of like a day I had four books going.
I think that next week I'll be on vacation, and aside from cleaning I'm going to be doing a lot of reading.
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Title: The Jungle
Author: Upton Sinclair
Rating: 4.5 of 5 Stars
A family and friends group from Europe come to the United States to earn their fortune. In the big city, working for the meat packers. And we the reader get to see 'everything'.
This was a brutal look at the working conditions back in the day. It was heart rending and painful to see people take advantage of each other and deceive each other, on so many levels.
And that is why I couldn't finish this. It broke my heart and I couldn't complete this. Fantastic writing, engaging, like I was right there. Poignant but ultimately full of despair.