|book group in 2006 We tackle anything!|
"I hate long books, the better, the worse. If they're bad, they merely make me pant with the effort of holding them up for a few minutes. But if they're good, I turn into a social moron for days, refusing to go out of my room, scowling and growling at interruptions, ignoring weddings and funerals, and making enemies out of friends.. I still bear the scars of "Middlemarch".
What a coincidence that we read these two books one after another.
Well, "Middlemarch" was 852 pages, but "A Suitable Boy" was 1400 pages! Imagine an author who is writing a 1400 page book writing about a character who complains about 852 pages. Is that irony?
And so, back to "The Count of Monte Cristo". 1,272 pages.
I did turn into a social moron! But, somehow, I was continually drawn into this complex story of revenge. I found that it really stretched my mind to keep the narrative in focus, while following convoluted digressions from the main narrative. I found some parts boring and wondered why they were included, but the ending brought everything and everybody together.
I am reminded of this quote by Henry David Thoreau:
"Reading is a noble intellectual exercise- not that which lulls us, but what he have to stand on tiptoe to read".