Wednesday, 4 May 2011

No Comfort, No Joy

On Sunday I said that I wanted to read three books this month. Amazingly (given my recent track record for reading), I have already finished the first.

Comfort and Joy by India Knight was on my Christmas Wish List last year. I didn't receive it  then but found it in the library last week. It did feel a little odd to read a book about Christmas just after Easter but I thought that if I didn't borrow it then, I wasn't likely to see it there nearer the festive season.

The book is about Clara - a middle aged mother, wife, ex-wife, daughter, sister, daughter-in-law, friend - who lives in London. It tells the story of three consecutive Christmases and what happenings at their family celebrations.

I have to say that I think this book is the most tedious, two hundred pages of nonsense that I've read in a long time. It was a very painful experience and I just wanted to get to the end and shut the book. I despised the snooty characters and the way in which it described separation, divorce and the effects on children as though it was always very straightforward and amicable. 

This book was complete drivel. I wouldn't recommend it to anyone and that's saying something. If you've read it, I'd be really interested to know what you thought of it.

So after that disappointment, I'm going to try some non-fiction instead and read Rosie Boycott's Our Farm which Mr P received as a Christmas present from my parents in 2009 and has been sitting on our bookshelf for a good while waiting for me to read it. 

This will be interesting as I have read some good and bad reviews of the book and already know the overall outcome of the farm saga. I'm just hoping that it will be better than my last read. After Comfort And Joy, I think anything will be bearable!


  1. Ok, I don't know if you meant it to be funny, but I am LOL right now!!! Despite the terrible book, I LOVED your review, especially the 3rd paragraph. Your honesty about this book is wonderful. I am sorry it brought you so much pain. I am impressed that you even finished it! I am hoping for you that your next book is much much better :).

  2. SLAM!!!

    Excellent book review. Brilliant. I love it when I can say "Yeah....this book really sucks hard." They're better reviews than the ones where all I can say is "Yeah....I mean it's good, but....yeah" I like being able to rip into something!

  3. Oh dear! I'm sorry it didn't meet your expectations, but I'm equally glad that you didn't receive it for Christmas, because at least you don't have to keep it!

    A beautifully honest review! I won't be reading it! xxx

  4. Oh, I had wanted to read that book :( Might not waste my time now lol

  5. Oh gosh, I hate it when a book I have been looking forward to ends up disappointing. I hope your next selection is more pleasing!

    I am not sure what kind of books you like, but some that I have really enjoyed are: The Elegance of the Hedgehog by Muriel Barbery, Traveling with Pomegranates, by Sue Monk Kidd, The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society by Mary Ann Shaffer and The Book Thief by Markus Zusak. :)

  6. oh dear...and there I was expecting a recommendation! Well thanks for pointing it out! How is work going? 3 days into CELTA and is stupidly intense. I'm just trying to do a little blog catching up whilst I have a spare 15 mins! xxx

  7. I got this from the library too and I ended up speed reading it to the end (seriously considered not bothering to finish it at all) It started off promisingly and went down hill rapidly . Great review, I am glad that it was not only me who thought it was rubbish!

  8. Well I won't be adding that one to the list, then! Sounds like you did well to finish it.

  9. Well, I definitely won't bother with India. Being smallholders ourselves, we found Rosie Boycott's book very interesting, and demonstrative of the difficulty of making money farming on a small scale!

    Pomona x

  10. Haven't read it but it was one I was considering after having read, and enjoyed (in that it was a bit of light relief) 'My Life on a Plate' which is India Knight's other piece of fiction. Might think again though now!