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The better pRt of valor or something

Typing on my phone. Internet on desktop is some sort of FUBAR today.

I am up to the part in my book where Marius meets Eponine. I know how the rest of the story goes.

I am going to stop reading it. I have realized that I was fleeing to more cheerful fare. I was not enjoying my time with Victor Hugo

Some thing--some books-- are work, but pleasure at the same time. Reading them is like walking up a steep hill in the wind.

You can feel your heart pounding, you are looking far, you are getting the wind up your nose. It is doing you good. Moby Dick is like that.

The other times I read Les Miserables it felt that way. I don't know why this time is different. But it is giving me nightmares. I need to put it away.

I think I will give myself a good long dose of kind intelligent people doing things. I have a whole stable of such books-- Cambridge Fellows, Cross and Poppy, Aubreyad, and even further back to The Dark is Rising and Joan Aiken.

I am just not as robust as I thought



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Mar. 20th, 2014 01:06 pm (UTC)
I have ups and downs like that. Sometimes it's tiredness, sometimes hormones. Some stuff is just "too much". It's the same with True Crime shows that Hubby watches. Sometimes they are just too brutal.Don't put yourself 'down' as being 'not robust', I prefer to believe that because you are a loving sensible person, the negative all-too-real description of violence and depravity is painful.
Mar. 21st, 2014 01:22 am (UTC)
Thank you. It is strange-- because, as I said, I have read it before. I thought I remembered what I was getting into. Oh well.
Mar. 20th, 2014 09:58 pm (UTC)
Yeah, Moby Dick was a chore to read. I'd tried several times over the years, but it was only recently that I was able to make my way through it. Most reads are pleasure, but others can be a chore. I always feel some sense of accomplishment when I finish one of those.
Mar. 21st, 2014 01:24 am (UTC)
I do like Moby Dick. But it is a book on a much smaller scale. It is a smaller world, of the ship, standing in for the whole world. Hugo tries to give you the whole world-- or at least all of France. Too much.
Mar. 20th, 2014 10:36 pm (UTC)
I was unable to finish La Curée, 2nd in the Rougon Maquart cycle by Zola, once the "incest and disaster" started, I just did not want to know more. Now I have to read Germinal for my studies, but struggle to start!
Mar. 21st, 2014 01:26 am (UTC)
Stupid to have a sort of sunk cost thing about it. I should have no reluctance to put a book aside.
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