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Review: The Greater Journey: Americans in Paris

I’m disappointed to report that I have bailed on David McCullough’s latest book, The Greater Journey: Americans in Paris. I had been looking forward to this book for quite some time. My schedule has been pretty crazy with work so I opted to listen to the book via audible.

I gave up after getting through about four hours. I just can’t bring myself to listen to any more of this book.

I love Edward Herrmann, it’s not his narration. He does a stealer job – I loved his French. It’s the book. I normally love David McCullough’s writing but this book just seemed scattered to me.

Maybe it’s because most of the histories I’ve read lately have centered on one person. But it didn’t seem like there was a plan. It was like he had all these great stories about all these notable Americans and he just threw them down on the page.

So I’m going to take a bit of advice from that old saying, life is too short to read bad books. I’m moving on to Rules of Civility: A Novel. 


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when is it time to give up on a book?

I’ve heard the saying “Life is too short to read bad books” and I’ve always believed it. But how do you know when it’s time?

I’m 100 pages into The Three Weissmanns of Westport and I find myself bored. I don’t seem to care about the characters. I can’t even work up the energy to hate any of them. It’s like they are just there.

So my question is when is it time to mark the book DNF and more on?

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