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In Praise of Fat Books and Slow Reading

Anonymous6925 Wrote: Feb 07, 2013 3:01 PM
'like a starving goat'...eh, it ain't Raymond Chandler, but good. I've just returned Caro's 4th LBJ volume (thought it was 2 when I started) to the library, and now begin the long march to see if I live long enough to read the last one (I'm 60). Masses of little silent reading assignments were my pedagogy and my scores were high with my flatlander hispanic secondary stoonts. I took my cue from Stalin. When asked how he thought he could beat the Germans' high quality tanks with thousands of crude cheapies, he said, "Quantity has a quality all its own." If you teach English, think on that. Winds of War! Shelby Foote's Civil War! Master and Commander series!
I recently started Victor Hugo's novel "Les Miserables," which most people seem to prefer in movie or musical theater form if only because those take less time. You can get the story in under three hours instead of taking who knows how long to plow through the 1,232-page Penguin edition.

No, I'm not fishing for sympathy. Having this mountain of pages to climb gives me great peace of mind. I like starting books, and I like reading books. What I don't like is finishing books, and with "Les Miserables," that won't be a problem for a while.

Finishing a book means the end...