1148316Holy Christ this was a dull read.  I could barely get through it.

I’ve been on a literature kick since Still Alice and I’ve taken to readin award winners or finalists online, and that’s how I came across A Good House, winner of the Scotiabank Giller Prize.

The story of a family in the 1960’s and onward, brough together by blood, marriage, and circumstance, I swear I almost strangled myself with this book.

Written completely in the third person, the whole thins is stilted, lifeless, and utterly, inconceivebly boring.

I had no interest in what happened to any of the characters that were presented to me, I skipped half the pages, and the ending was totally useless.  This book might not have existed at all for all the impact it made on me.

Ah well.  As always let’s look on the bright side and hope the next one is better.  The Time In Between by David Bergen

434755In search of love, absolution, or forgiveness, Charles Boatman leaves the Fraser Valley of British Columbia and returns mysteriously to Vietnam, the country where he fought twenty-nine years earlier as a young, reluctant soldier. But his new encounters seem irreconcilable with his memories.

When he disappears, his daughter Ada, and her brother, Jon, travel to Vietnam, to the streets of Danang and beyond, to search for him. Their quest takes them into the heart of a country that is at once incomprehensible, impassive, and beautiful. Chasing her father’s shadow for weeks, following slim leads, Ada feels increasingly hopeless. Yet while Jon slips into the urban nightlife to avoid what he most fears, Ada finds herself growing closer to her missing father — and strong enough to forgive him and bear the heartbreaking truth of his long-kept secret.

Moving between father and daughter, the present and the past, The Time in Between is a luminous, unforgettable novel about one family, two cultures, and a profound emotional journey in search of elusive answers.