Around a month and a half ago I started reading the book Snow by Orhan Pamuk. His writing had been recommended to me and I had started Museum of Innocence, but got stuck around page 50. I was determined that this not happen with Snow.
I read for around a week and realized that I seem to get through around 5 pages a day. Note, this is not because the writing is bad or the book is boring. In fact, I loved his gentle writing style and the fact that the structure of the book was so different to what I was used to. However, when I want to sink down in a comfy chair and read for an hour, I don’t want a book that I have to put down after 5 pages because my brain just can’t take it any more.
So, I put it on hold and read Faith. Just what I wanted – a plot I could get caught up in and really enjoy.
Then I started my job, which really put a dent in my free time. Seeing that Snow was going to be more of a long-term project, I bought a used copy and started reading again. I got past the critical 50 page mark. This time I gave up (or took a break) around the 110 page mark and picked up the novel Maine, which I’m currently loving. When I finish Maine, I’ll go back to Snow for a bit more.
Have other people out there read Pamuk? Is this a normal way to read his books? I don’t want reading to become a chore (ie, forcing myself to read a certain number of pages per day to have some hope of finishing the book) or to be reading the same novel for 6 months (particularly after enjoying reading so broadly over the past year and a half).
I appreciate that the structure of this novel is very different from the more Western novel that I’m used to. I honestly enjoy the meandering plot and pace. While I reading the book I enjoy it. I just find that after 5 pages or so I put it down and go do something else.
It’s a very unusual feeling for me. Usually that happens because I’m not enjoying a book and I give up. I don’t want to give up on Snow, but I just need breathers here and there so I don’t lose my mind.
Other people with the same experience??