book beginnings on Friday: Gone Girl by Gillian Flynn (audio)

Thanks to Rose City Reader for hosting this meme. To participate, share the first line or two of the book you are currently reading and, if you feel so moved, let us know what your first impressions were based on that first line.

gone girl

Please don’t shoot me. I am not in love with Gone Girl at its beginning. (Deep breaths.) This book has received SUCH enthusiasm – not least from a good friend of mine – as well as critical acclaim, that I worry at my hesitations. But I own them.

Let’s begin at the beginning.

When I think of my wife, I always think of her head. The shape of it, to begin with.

Not much there; but let me say it was the second paragraph where I was first annoyed. So I called Liz and I said, Liz – how much time should I invest in this book that you loved and that I am thoroughly exasperated by? (This was 36 minutes in, via audiobook.) And she said, for stories with unreliable narrators I think you should hang in longer than average. Okay. I’m trying.

6 Responses

  1. I read Gone Girl (I don’t like audiobooks), but I also found it exasperating. As the story developed, there was enough to the plot that I started to see some of what attracted others, but not enough for me to change my opinion. This is actually one of those cases where I think that the film version may turn out to be more to my liking.

  2. I really liked Gone Girl, but I read it in my post-pregnancy, maternity leave haze so …

    But, quite a few people I know whe really liked it also didn’t like the beginning.

    • Hm. That is somewhat revealing. I asked Liz to give me some reason to continue – like, explain this phenomenon you’ve mentioned, where someone didn’t like the beginning but came around – but I guess the nature of this story doesn’t allow such a thing.

  3. Seems like if it’s going to be that way, she might have tried harder for a more engaging (or less offputting) beginning! But I’m sure there were some who were drawn right in; we’re all different.

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