If you were the least bit frustrated waiting for news about the read-along I’m hosting on Haruki Murakami’s Colorless Tsukuru Tazaki and His Years of Pilgrimage, you’re not half as frustrated as I.
Completely forgetting about the time that I pre-ordered Harry Potter and The Deathly Hallows for my son, and it took so long to arrive that I bought a second copy at the now defunct Borders, I pre-ordered Colorless Tsukuru Tazaki and His Years of Pilgrimage in December, 2013. On August 12, 2014, its release date, I eagerly awaited the post.
On August 14, giving them time to have sent it on the 12th, I eagerly awaited the post.
Today, four days after it has been released, I checked my account on amazon.com, which boldly told me I can expect my book on August 19. A full seven days after even Wal-Mart has it, while this whole debacle hangs on the hope that Fed-Ex can hold up their end of the deal.
I am surrounded by incompetence, and I have no patience for it. Books undelivered, appointments not kept, dental insurance which covers not a single procedure I’m having done this summer…the sum total of people and companies not doing what they’re supposed to, infuriates me.
Okay, when my book does arrive? I suggest those of us who are reading along together, and this includes those of you who have already read it as I wait (Diane and Stu), should work our way through it marking passages as appropriate. Then, on September 12, I will post questions the publishers have put forth for our discussion. Feel free to answer all, some, or none of them as you see fit.
Meanwhile, I am living in hope that I’ll have my copy by the first day of Autumn.