Hour… 12?!October 24, 2009 at 4:06 pm | Posted in Book Blather, Challenges | 2 Comments
How’d that happen?
I’ve just hit the halfway mark in The Recognitions. I lost a half hour logging in this morning, and then I had a 20-minute lunch break with my man Rocket Scientist. I don’t think I’m going to hit my goal of finishing by 1 AM. I think it’s more likely to be 3 AM. At least I’m confident I can finish it within the 24 hours… I’m doubly glad I didn’t choose The Man Without Qualities, which I was considering last week.
The good news is, this is a really absorbing book. It’s full of all the things I like: picaresque characters, erudition, long intellectual conversations, a little blasphemy, and the occasional bawdy joke. [i.e. “It’s okay to kiss a nun as long as you don’t get into the habit.” Snort].
The bad news is, reading one long involved book takes twice as long as reading a stack of short books and graphic novels. When I did this in October last year I read 1800 pages, and this time I’m not sure I’ll hit 1000. Funny, huh?
I’ll check in again after dinner, in a few hours. I want to thank all the cheerleaders – I get a huge kick out of reading the comments, and I can just see you all pumping your fists in the air!