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In Praise of Fat Books and Slow Reading

Elisabeth26 Wrote: Feb 07, 2013 12:52 PM
Bravo, Mr. Chapman. In a family where my mother read books at stoplights, I read books as a child under the bed by flashlight after lights out, and the "salle de poudre" was a mini library, I appreciate your keen respect for the written word. In fact, you may have given me a clue to my grandson's reading disability (inability to remember what he reads)! I recommend Robert Jordan's series "The Wheel of Time," a beautifully written and very long (each book) collection (also long--13 volumes) is exceptional recreational reading. You can always read three or four books at a time -- depending on where you are. I have bedroom books, living room books, car books, doctors office books, etc. I also appreciate your ability to spell, proofread,
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...