Tuesday, January 09, 2007

Reader's Diary #216- Timothy Taylor: Stanley Park (up to p. 52)

My third Canada Reads 2007 book, the third by a rockstar, and the third set in a major Canadian city...coincidence? Hmmm.
Unlike the previous two books, I'm not yet enjoying this one. It's not terrible, but I'm missing the humour of the others. Surprising since the back cover declares it a "scaldingly funny satire of the urban 'fooderati'". While yes, it is about the urban fooderati, funny it is not. At least not yet- I'm aware I'm only 50 pages in. To be quite honest, my first impression is that it is a little elitist. Not En Route magazine elitist, but close. I really want it to get better. The role of Jeremy's eccentric "participatory anthropologist" gives me some hope. But if it doesn't improve, it's Canada Reads future looks bleak...


Barbara Bruederlin said...

Why was I under the impression this was a murder mystery? I need to either take a quick visit to the Canada Reads site or keep reading your updates (which I will do regardless).

Thanks so much for the card - your kids are beyond adorable!

John Mutford said...

It still will be a murder mystery(I think), and maybe that will salvage the story. It hasn't come to focus yet though. But again, I'm only 50 pages in.

And yes, I think they're pretty adorable too! That's why I'll never post their pictures here! Thanks for the complements!