Commonwealth by Ann Patchett– a story of two families.
I have to admit that I am really sad about this book. Perhaps I am not in the right frame of mind to read. Sometimes you encounter books that are very well written and have a beautiful story to tell but happen to have falling into the hands of the wrong reader.
A book can only have a voice through the eyes of the reader but if the reader is not prepared to hear the story the book has to tell, it doesn’t matter how well it is written and how beautiful the words on paper may be, the story will never be told properly.
This is how I’m feeling about Commonwealth. This is my first novel by Ann Patchett and even though I am not enjoying this book I can see and feel that it is a very well written work. Throughout the book (the very little I have read) I am able to live thought the drama that the families are going through and at no point do I feel that Ann Patchett is talking at me. The author makes every effort to guide the reader through the intricacies of the story which takes place through 50 years of a family. Throughout I can feel the confusion, the pain and the fullness of each of their lives. As I said, the writing is beautiful.
for the reasons above, I feel that I owe the book and the author another opportunity. I am not, at the moment, able to finish reading this book. However, I am not going to DNF it nor am I going to do any sort of further commentary on it. I am going to put it down and give myself a few months and then come back to it. I am a firm believer that there are some books as some people, deserve a few chances.
Sometimes the reader is not ready for the story.
Onwards and forward with other stories…… There are so many to be told.