by Joyce Cary
Feeling rather glum about my reading lately. The last few books I\’ve picked up just don\’t suit me. I tried reading The Horse\’s Mouth, interested because it\’s about an artist, and hopeful, as I really enjoyed Mister Johnson by the same author, some years ago. I just couldn\’t get into this one. Maybe it\’s because I haven\’t read the two other books Cary wrote as companions to this one. I really don\’t know. I gave it fifty pages and found I didn\’t particularly like the characters, and wasn\’t interested enough in them otherwise to continue. The depressing thing is that other readers say this book is really funny, and one of the best portrayals of an artist\’s life. What am I missing? Sigh, and reach for the next book.
Abandoned …….. 312 pages, 1944