Saturday, July 05, 2008


I just finished the Dowry Bride by Shobhan Bantwal and I think it's safe to say that I hated every minute of it. It's for my book group and the author is going to be there, which makes things even worse. I can't say to the group in front of the author that it's the worst romance novel masquerading as fiction I've ever had the misfortune to put my hands on. Can I?

No. I didn't think so. And the worst part about it is that it's set in India, so all the fun, steamy scenes that you would normally get with a romance novel? Are not to be found! So it's also boring romance novel.

And worse still is the fact that I had to stop reading Sabbath's Theater by Philip Roth in order to finish the Dowry Bride in time for the group discussion this week.

Because I had to quit Roth for a while allow me to now offer one of my favorite passages from him:

Five months after her death, a damp, warm April night with a full moon canonizing itself above the tree line, effortlessly floating -- luminously blessed -- toward the throne of God, Sabbath stretched out on the ground that covered her coffin and said, "You filthy, wonderful Drenka c*nt! Marry me! Marry me!"

Now that's writing.


Joan said...

It sounds like you have to come up with a few non-judgemental ideas to share at your book club. Like - "you have an interesting way with words; what did you mean by ___;your setting sounds lovely..etc. hogwash"

Da Old Man said...

If you don't say something, the author will just continue to put out crappy novels.
Just try to find a nicer way to say "I wished my eyes had popped out of their sockets rather than to have read even one more page."

Kate said...

The main character was running away from in-laws her wanted to burn her alive and my comment last night to friends was, "By the end of book I wanted to set her on fire myself!" That's not too bad, right?

Da Old Man said...

Perfect. :)