Adapted from Why I Read: The Serious Pleasure of Books by Wendy Lesser
“I am not fond of inconclusive endings, and I would not subject you to one if I didn’t think it necessary. I believe, as firmly as the next reader that the writer undertakes to deliver as promised, even if the promise is merely implied, and I get annoyed when the delivery goes missing.”
Have you ever read a book with an inconclusive ending that just left you “hanging”? Sometimes when the conclusion to a novel (or movie) has no satisfactory ending, I want to throw the book across the room, or I promise myself I’ll never watch a movie from that director again.
Lessing was reading a mystery novel and wrote the following:
“We had reached the final page, with the serial killer safely tucked away in the police station, and one of the two detectives who had apprehended the murderer casually asked the other to hazard a guess about the motive. What, she wondered, had caused the killer to commit his crimes in the first place–and why, having committed them, had he voluntarily sent in the obscure piece of evidence that in the end allowed him to be caught? ‘I doubt that he knows the answer to that himself.’ This was an ending? Clearly that author had just decided to pick up his check and go home early.”
Lazy authors don’t give closure or a real conclusion to their readers.
The object of the “game” is to open what you are currently reading and copy a couple of sentences to “tease” someone else into wanting to read it. No spoilers please. If you decide to participate on your own blog, leave your “address” in the comments, or consider typing in your whole teaser into the section.Be sure to mention the title and author of the book. The more who participate, the more fun. Thanks to Brainfluff which is promoting this “game”/meme for the Purple Booker, the host. Check out both of their teasers, and I predict your To Be Read list will grow.
Here is my teaser from today from a book I have chosen to read to add to my non-fiction reads, Anxious for Nothing, by my favorite inspirational writer, Max Lucado:
“…we have stumbled upon a source of your anxiety. You thought the problem was your calendar (schedule)…
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After many months of posting Every Other Sunday (Evening), school and life has calmed down enough to where I’m ready to go back to posting a catch up each Sunday evening. School is not out yet, but Thanksgiving is just around the corner, and the big assignments are basically behind us in both Freshman Composition at the local college and in Advanced Writing at the university. I even find myself reading more and enjoying a few stress free days in a row at times. Now isn’t that nice!
Here’s what I finished since the last Every-Other Sunday (Evening) Post:
The Resurrection of Joan Ashby, an outstanding debut novel (reviewed in the post prior to this one on PWR); Half Broke Horses by Jeannette Walls a novel based on the unique life of the author’s grandmother, which will be reviewed later this week; A Man Called Ove, our Third Tuesday…
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