The deaccessioning has to start somewhere; the first book must be selected, but which one? I like all of my books, even those that I can’t seem to find the energy or time to read. After some agony, I selected, The Wapshot Chronicle by John Cheever.
The Wapshot Chronicle is a National Book Award winner that I purchased used years ago from a now long-gone bookstore near my then place of employment in Menlo Park, CA. The pages have yellowed with age but the original dust jacket on this book is in perfect condition. The store’s bookmark is still in the book.
John Cheever, who is perhaps better known as a short story writer, wrote Wapshot. The novel tells an epic tale of the Wapshot boys who leave their birth-home in suburban Massachusetts to seek their fortune. I could not get interested in either Cheever’s style of writing or the exploits of the Wapshots and was unable to stick with his novel to the finish.
The novel I am reading now on my iPad: The Corrections by Jonathan Franzen has a story line similar to Wapshot and is also a National Book Award winner. In Corrections, the children of Alfred and Enid Lambert leave their Middle America home for the university and then they settle on the eastern seaboard. The descriptions of their exploits by Franzen are excellent (it’s a keeper) and the novel is well worth the effort to read.
The Wiki article on Cheever notes that he had problems with alcoholism and bisexuality, which affected his marriage. Cheever, however, blamed his marriage problems on his wife. Their marriage counselor did not agree. Protagonist Gary Lambert in Corrections is portrayed by Franzen to be very much like the real-life Cheever in regard to marriage.
By the way, I am reading an ePub edition of Corrections on my iPad as downloaded from iTunes. Thus, this new novel will not interfere with the goal of reducing the size of my library.
Deaccession: Day 1, Books 1