I’m halfway through The Enlightenment of the Greengage Tree. While I appreciate its lyricism and breadth of ambition, I can’t decide whether it’s my bag.
There are lots of things going for this book:
- it’s set in pre and post revolution Iran. I haven’t indulged in many Iranian creative works, apart from Persepolis and Wadjda, which are both movies and not books
- it was short listed for the Stella Prize and I like to support Aussie women writers
- it’s a bold novel for a debut author
- I paid actual money for it, rather than borrowing it from the library
- it has a lovely cover
- I’m really confused about what is going on
- there seems to be more magic than realism
- I need to read large chunks at a time to get into it (which can be tricky)
- I’m finding reasons not to pick it up
- the next book on my list, Grief is The Thing With Feathers, is calling me.
What should I do? Whether you’ve read it or not, give me some advice…