When we last talked literature, I was reading One Hundred Years of Solitude. In regards to language, it was a beautiful book and the story telling method was refreshing and distinct. Despite all this, I gave up on it. It finally came about that I got too frustrated with the challenge of keeping track of the characters.
This is the name distribution for characters in the book:
Half of the characters are named Aureliano. Half.
What the heck?! Not only that, except for Ursula (God bless her) nearly every uniquely named character is a minor character. This is annoying to me.
So I quit.
Now I’m reading a much more readable book called the Story of Edgar Sawtelle. And I’m enjoying it. I’m only about 10% through, but it’s so very much more rewarding. I’ll let you know how this one goes. So far, the characters all have names of their own.