Thursday, April 22, 2010

From the Fire Into the Frying Pan?




I couldn't go on. I dug hard to extract the gems from Tristram Shandy. The excavating process wore me down and my eyes grew bloodshot as I read and reread paragraph after paragraph in search of the meaning behind Lawrence Sterne's words. I crawled slowly across page after page, laughing fairly often, but not nearly enough. At page 207, since I was already on my knees, I closed the book for the last time and buried it.
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What now? I thought. I recalled that a fellow blogger was reading Ayn Rand's book, Atlas Shrugged. With that in mind, I drove to the library and located the PRA-SEN section of bookshelves in the fiction area. Rand's earlier book, Fountainhead, sat elbow to elbow with her aforementioned volume. I can't recall my reasoning as I stood with both books before me, but I chose Fountainhead. Perhaps it had something to do with a desire to read the books in the order they were written. Yes, I believe that thought crossed my mind and directed me.
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So far, I'm sailing along without the consternation I endured with that "other" book. My current book choice isn't exactly a walk in the park considering it claims 727 pages. Since I'm not participating in a triathlon this year, reading Fountainhead will be my 2010 endurance test.
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Why, why can't I read like a normal person? Why can't I pick up a lightweight recent bestseller and totally enjoy the time I spend with it?
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Don't be honest with your answers; please spare me the truth. I tend to be quite fragile and sensitive.

18 comments:

Gullible said...

Okay, here's my comment, filled with lies, prevarications, exaggerations, half-truths, weird convolutions of logic, and so totally not directed at you:

Even your thinker needs a time out once in a while.

Shaddy said...

Gully: So your comment isn't true for me? You're saying I'm correct in constantly thinking by reading the books I've been choosing lately?

Well, then...I shouldn't be doubting my selections. Cool!

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Gullible said...

No, Shaddy. You said you didn't want the truth, so I qualified mine with facetious untruths.

Shaddy said...

Gully: But, your comment, "Even your thinker needs a time out once in a while" is, of course, true.

Thus, you indeed spoke the truth to me.

Argue I may, yet in peace I read and think on and on.

Kirsten Lesko said...

"Why can't I read like a normal person?" LOL.

I simply can't get through Ayn Rand no matter how hard I try. No attention span. Perhaps if the font was bigger...

Dana said...

Give yourself a break. Go to the grocery store and pick up a novelle with a naked man's torso on it. :)

Shaddy said...

Kirsten: I'm liking Fountainhead a whole lot more than that "other" novel.
I love your thought that "perhaps if the font was bigger..."

Dana: Now there's an idea. I'd enjoy having a book like that around the house for its eye appeal but beyond that, I don't think so.
Thanks for popping in, Dana.

Parrot Writes said...

I'm trying to read the books on the "best 100 book list". I started with "One Hundred Years of Solitude" by Gabriel Garcia Marquez and failed miserably. For me it was difficult to follow and confusing to read. Have you read it and if so, can you help me understand its ranking on that "best" list?
I do enjoy the lighter stories -guess that's how I write also.

Shaddy said...

Parrot: Gosh, Parrot, I've never even heard of that book. I feel for you. When a book is difficult to follow, it's a chore to read. Reading really shouldn't be a chore. (Did I write that!)
I tried to read Moby Dick many years ago. What an ordeal that was! A friend of mine finally convinced me that I should give it up. I hope you have better luck with the other books on your list. Let me know.

darksculptures said...

Oh, goody, goody, goody! I'm so glad you’re taking on "Fountainhead." Let me know what you think.

Ayn Rand has a very fluent writing style in "Atlas Shrugged." Therefore, even though the novel is MASSIVE, I'm enjoying her word selection immensely.

She is rather excellent at developing characters and moving the story forward.

Shaddy said...

darksculptures: I am loving FOUNTAINHEAD. In fact, I'm reading the book and also listening to the audioversion. I'm hoping they've made a movie of it; it would be well worth watching.

Ayn Rand brutally exposes the many who get to the top dishonestly by contrasting them against the few who are individuals and true to their own beliefs regardless of the cost. Her characters are amazing to say the least.

I'm certain that I'll eventually read ATLAS SHRUGGED as well.

Yup, it was you who prompted me to reach for an Ayn Rand book.

Barrybwrites.blogspot.com said...

The Fountain Head is a great read. Maybe, you are like the architect(protagonist) in the book. Maybe, you simply know what you like.

Great blog

Barry Hamdani

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