Saturday, January 23

Book Review: October

Title: October

Author: Richard B. Wright

Pages: 241

Summary: In England to see his daughter, Susan, who is gravely ill, James Hillyer, a retired professor of Victorian literature, encounters by chance a man he once knew as a boy. Gabriel Fontaine, a rich and attractive American he met one summer during the war, when he was sent on a holiday to the GaspĂ©, is a mercurial figure, badly crippled by polio. A s an adolescent, James was both attracted to and repelled by Gabriel’s cocksure attitude and charm. He also fell hopelessly in love with Odette, a French- Canadian girl from the village, only to find himself in competition with the careless Gabriel. Now, at this random meeting over six decades later—as he struggles with the terrible possibility that he could outlive his own daughter—James is asked by Gabriel to accompany him on a final, unthinkable journey. A t last, James begins to see that all beginnings and endings are inexorably linked.

My Rating: 6/10

What I liked/disliked about the book: This book wasn’t a bad book, it was a well written story, I just couldn’t connect to it, or any of the characters. The author did a fantastic job at showing how his characters dealt with there mortality and there reactions knowing they will die or someone the love will die and the emotions and reactions in how the characters dealt with it. But for me it just fell short of what I think the author was trying to get at.

First of all, although I didn’t mind looking back on the past of when two of the characters first met, I found it jumped around to much from past to present. I was expecting more of a story in the present on how the characters are dealing with the currently situation. Not a past event. Also, overall I found the story jumped around a lot, often going on little sidetracks that didn’t add much to the story. Perhaps the author did this to show how one’s mind jumps from memory to memory when faced with a loved one or old acquiescence’s death, and that was just how the character was reacting to it, but I just found it far to distracting and it took away from the overall story.

Overall it just wasn’t the book for me. It isn’t bad, and I’m sure some people will enjoy it, but it just didn’t connect with me.

Would I recommend it to read: I didn't enjoy the book as much as I thought I would. If you enjoy coming of age/self examination etc books, then give it a try.

What to read next: Amsterdam

Challenges: Read 'n' Review, Pages Read, 10/10 Challenge, 100+ Challenge, A - Z Challenge, Canadian Challenge 3, Countdown Challenge, Global Challenge, NaJuReMoNoMo,
New Author Challenge, Support Your Library Challenge, Wish I Read That Challenge

Afterthought, so far a lot of my Wish I Read That Books, are disappointing me!


  1. A pity that you didn´t like it.

    I know the feeling that I want to read a book very much and afterwards I think: was that it?

    So usually I pick books that are recommended by blog friends whose opinion I have come to trust. So far, I have not been disappointed.

  2. Something about the synopsis in this one just doesn't do it for me, so I think I will skip it. I'm sorry to hear that you had trouble with it too. Hopefully your next read will be a bit better. Thanks for your honest insight into this book.

  3. I put this one on my tbr list quite some time ago. Maybe having not gotten around to it yet isn't such a bad thing considering your review.