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    Sobriquet 39.18

    Monday, February 18, 2008
    I'm finding that this whole twenty pages per night thing is really working well for me. I mean, it's only a small amount of reading, but I do spend less time fretting about the number of pages I need to get through than I do when I aim for five times that amount. Of course, Aesop's tortoise taught me this lesson long ago, but it wasn't until I applied the slow-but-steady approach to William Gaddis's JR that such an approach started making sense to me. And I find it helps me retain more of a book when I read it slowly, spending a longer time immersed in the fictional world (I actually felt a sense of loss when I closed the back cover on JR Vansant's final words).

    I ordered copies of Dusklands and In the Heart of the Country as well as Doubling the Point a few days ago, though I doubt I will devote much space in the dissertation to Coetzee's pre-1990 fiction. I do, however, want to read the novels I have not yet read just to be ensure my reading of the author is as comprehensive as I feel it should be.

    For tomorrow: Keep reading.

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  1. Hehehe...tortoise...I like that word. Anyhoo, I'm happy that your approach is working so nicely. I'm also glad you have books coming to you. Books are good, mmmkay. :)

    By Blogger minxy on 19 February, 2008
     

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