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In Praise of Fat Books and Slow Reading

binc Wrote: Feb 07, 2013 9:34 AM
I buy fat books because I refuse to pay $16.99 for a soft cover that I finish in a day.
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...