The first book I sat down to start reading for this project was Lord of Misrule, Jaimy Gordon’s National Book Award winning novel about horse racing and the people whose paths cross at the racetrack. I’ve promised myself to make it through at least 50 pages of each of the Orange Prize winners, but I can’t seem to get any further in Lord of Misrule. So, I’m going to take a page out of Jackie’s book and ask you: is it worth powering through?
I like the writing, but I can’t really connect with any of the characters other than Maggie. It’s a difficult book to read, but a beautiful one. There are passages that have taken my breath away, but there are a lot of pages in between these passages.
What do you think? Should I finish?