A good reading week. A good writing week. Wrote a review of Bring Up the Bodies and then quickly read a mystery by C.J. Box. Nowhere to Run was a random pick for me –what was available at the library. Wrote a bit about that too – not quite a review, just my so-so reaction to the book. Despite the so-so reaction I tore through this book and I looked forward to returning to each time I had to put it down. It held my interest, but not my thinking.
So happy to be interested in writing again.
The contrast in the way I read the two books got me thinking about the pace of reading. Bring Up the Bodies was a long slow read– a comfortable stroll, where I stopped and admired the sentences, checked and rechecked the characters and succession lists and even the googled images of the historical figures. I used Wikipedia like a field guide when I wanted to know a little more about the history. The stroll took me to slightly familiar territory that I hadn’t visited in a long while, one I hadn’t seen quite this clearly before. I marveled at the deep literary and historical views.
In Box’s book, I was frequently on horseback –like its hero, Warden Joe Pickett. But unlike Pickett, I was on an out-of-control gallop crashing through the woods, wanting to take in the beautiful scenery but more focused on the dangers and the violence that lay ahead.
Finally, I went alone to see Life of Pi, at the movies. It’s one of my favorite books, one I once taught and fell in love with as I took students through it ever so carefully, chapter by chapter. Perhaps that’s why I found myself a little disappointed. While I thought the movie was well done, ever deserving of the praise it’s garnering, I missed the depth of the reading experience.
I like your descriptions of how you read different books: the stroll vs. the out-of-control gallop.ReplyDelete
I know that I stroll along when the language is beautiful and the writer shows us the characters and their world.
Mysteries and suspense take me on a gallop; but some of my favorite mystery writers also show me the characters and their quirks.
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I think there are many more paces too -- and several gaits.Delete
I have a patron at the library where I work, who is always recommending C.J. Box, but I never seem to get to it...maybe now I can not feel so guilty about not getting to him.ReplyDelete
Lost my reply. I often don't trust myself. I think my taste is quirky. Others love C.J. Box and he gets high praise and awards.Delete
It's too bad you were disappointed by the movie Life of Pi. I guess I expected it to in no way live up to the book, so I was pleasantly surprised by it. :) I really liked Bring up the Bodies when I read it last year. :)ReplyDelete
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Maybe it was because I went all alone and it felt weird. I usually go with my husband or someone else. My husband said no way was he going to a movie to watch a boy in a boat with a tiger for two hours.ReplyDelete
I love your description "It held my interest, but not my thinking." I've often tried to figure out how to describe that very feeling. Thanks!ReplyDelete