Title: Miles from Nowhere
Author: Nami Mun
Published: 2009 Pages: 286
Rating: DNF (180/282 pages finished)
This may be the first time that I’ve abandoned a book with absolutely no intention of ever picking it up again. This was is our book club pick for March, and I suspect that the person who chose the book didn’t quite know what exactly she was getting into–but she knew the book was going to be “gritty.”
Miles from Nowhere is the story of a young Korean immigrant who runs away from home. She falls into the seedier side of the world–prostitution, drug abuse, thievery, and I won’t even go into what make me finally put the book down for good. I read about 160 pages before I started feeling sick to my stomach, read the last chapter quickly, and passed the book back to its owner.
I was telling Laura, who is also in the [work] book club with me, that I think the story might have better had it been more character related rather than completely plot driven (yes, you know I love that characterization). I didn’t get any sense of what Joon, the main character, was feeling–even despite the book being told from her narration. I only got a sense of how horrid her life was–maybe after the next chapter it would have been better, but I didn’t want to give it any more time (it only took about 3 hours to get as far as I did).
Moving on! The quilt is coming along nicely. I have all the pinwheels sewn, as you can see below, and after the picture was taken I got half of the rows sewn together. So…just need to sew the rest of the top and then figure out how to quilt it. I’m not sure if I’ll finish it before little Emma (my niece) arrives, but I’ll be working on it most of the weekend to try!
I also hope to tackle my Google Reader this weekend. I still haven’t spent much time on there this week due to quilting, etc., but I’m feeling less stressed.