Thursday, August 30, 2012
Did Not Finish: The Emperor of All Maladies by Siddhartha Mukherjee
I'm not someone who reads much nonfiction on science, but I still figured I would be interested in a book tracing the history of cancer, particularly if it won a prestigious literary award. Unfortunately, neither the writing nor the content captivated me. I found the content to be unorganized, often skipping in and out of chronological order as well as between narratives. It made it difficult to keep track of who was who and who achieved what breakthrough. The writing didn't seem that special to me, either; rather, it seemed a bit too self-consciously dramatic, like the author was trying to spice up the content but not succeeding. The history of science portions of the book I found fascinating - the further back in time, the better - but by about page 150, I realized I wasn't really getting anywhere or even wanting to continue reading. Maybe another time, Siddhartha Mukherjee.