Wednesday, August 17, 2011
War & Peace Wednesday: FAIL.
Unexpected professional responsibilities (a 3 day training in Seattle plus 2 full days of prep for classes, dealing with snafus getting my files and furniture set up in my new room, and crafting curriculum with colleagues) plus a spate of extraordinarily fine, sunny weather in what has been an unusually gray and dreary summer conspired to keep Tolstoy at bay.
Here it is: I have not done the reading. And it's not just the external influences that have slowed me down. It's the novel itself. But it's not how you'd imagine.
It's because I'm loving this book. Truly loving it. Seems paradoxical, but all you readers know exactly what I'm talking about. When you come to feel that the characters in the book are an integral part of your life, you don't want to rush through the text just to meet a deadline. Instead, you want to savor every moment. So rich, so thought provoking, and so current is War & Peace, despite its focus in Russia during the Napoleonic wars, that I don't want to sacrifice my reading experience to expediency.
Can you remember back to the books you loved so much that you were willing to defy your own predetermined pace just to keep experiencing them on their own terms, for as long as possible?
Which books were they? I wrote about a few of mine yesterday for the Broke and the Bookish's ''reader's choice" Top Ten Tuesday, and I hope to read any of the ones you adored that I haven't yet experienced.
So while I'm waiting on a rainy day to get back to War & Peace, what savor-worthy story should I add to my TBR list?