After finishing Our Man in Havana with relative alacrity, and the resultant satisfaction that comes from a really good book, I am forced to contemplate the time wasted with other “books” in 2010. Among the unfinished carrion, uninspiring novels picked at but never fully consumed, are Man in the Woods, The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo, and The Year of the Flood (and the audio book of The Abortionist’s Daughter left me dissatisfied and upset that such a work would even be published).
So what should I learn from this experience? I should tread cautiously when exploring the world of popular or “modern” fiction. Just because it’s in a book doesn’t mean it’s any better than Full House or Failure to Launch.