Friday, January 07, 2005

I'm so excited!

Oh Diana, thank you so much for creating this blog spot! My husband (Tony) has written blogs and I've read several but I haven't participated yet. This should be great.

Ok, I'm ready. I have WEM, Grossman, and my notebook in hand, ready to go. And I'm as intimidated as I've nearly ever been! Haha! I have to admit something; I haven't taken on a classic since school days. I adore reading and couldn't possibly read enough but I've become someone who views many of the classics with a mix of "I'll read that one day" and "I don't think I'm capable of reading that". Amazing how we shortchange ourselves, isn't it?

I'm beginning chapter IV and thrilled to say that even though it does take more concentration than Crichton, it's not an impossible read like I thought. Yeah! Where is everyone else? Am I too far behind? I'm a very fast reader but I can really see how this will slow me down. You really have to catch much more of the words to get the whole picture. It's easy to see what Susan was talking about at the beginning of WEM with the speed and comprehension "tests" she had. Bubble gum books like Grishom and Crichton make it easy to speed/scan read but this one is really demanding more attention. It's like two different animals.

Anyway, I'm rambling. What are we going to post here for the most part? Where we are in reading? Thoughts on parts/chapters? Are most of us reading Grossman's translation? I think it's a beautiful book as well as easier to read. I LOVE the review for it on Amazon. That's what really sold me.

I'm just so excited....LOL ;)

Jessica (in AL)

P.S. I hope I did this right. Forgive my learning phase to blogging. I'll catch on.


Blogger Diana said...

Jessica, you did great!

I'm on Chapter 11 of the first part, page 75 in Grossman.

And I'm glad you referenced what TWEM said about reading speeds. I was going to go back and look some of that up but now I don't have to. I am used to being a VERY fast reader and have to get used to slowing down.

Not to get sidetracked (and the ADD book came, too, but I obviously haven't read it yet!), but one thing I learned this summer was that when I listen to a book on tape (or MP3) it forces me to slow down. I did this with DH Lawrence's Women In Love and wow, what a difference that made! I could return to it after a week or two off and pick right back up where I started. And my retention... I am famous in my book club for having read every title they bring up, but not remembering any of the fine points. After listening to a book, though, I remember it much more clearly. It just forces me to slow down and focus.

I got my book today, so I'm looking forward to some long reading sessions this weekend.

9:04 PM  
Blogger Sigmund, Carl and Alfred said...

OK, I start reading tomorrow. I've been shamed now for a few days.

I have a question: Why did Cervates write this? Was it in response to his times/social climate, a political expression, or purely as a source of entertainment?

Isabella (via her friends thesis), made reference to his poking fun at that class of nobility that no longer exists.

Also, who was Cervantes? His background, history, other writings, etc. Anyone know?

9:14 PM  
Blogger christina said...

Well, there's a bit of information on Cervantes here at the site I've been reading at until my book comes.

I've only read the first couple of chapters so far but will read more today.

10:57 PM  

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