Peripatetic wrote: GusPatsy wrote: dosboot wrote:
floyd4one wrote:how it's possible to read/understand/enjoy 70 words per second is beyond me.
Words not all needed understand, smtimes nt all lettrs too.
It's not possible, and the above response annoys me to no end. Dosboot, I genuinely hope you never pick up any fiction above Daniel Steele level, such a dismissive approach to prose is an insult to the people who spend hours perfecting their paragraphs. If you see speed-reading as a viable form of enjoying literature you should be condemned to the dregs of the literary world.
Yes I'm a very slow reader.
I wouldn't make that kind of accusation. My sister reads books in a day and not much gets by her.
I'm jealous, but I also like reading slowly. It took me over a year to read Les MisÃ©rables. When I read Richard Powers, I often read paragraphs twice: once for the enjoyment of the language, and a second time for the meaning, as his sentences tend towards maximum complexity and information density.
Arancaytar wrote:And sometimes not all sentences. Some sentences are just cruft. Because fiction depends on some (not excessive) redundancy (ie, superfluous sentences), or it just reads like a newspaper report.
Good writing means every sentence is essential. A great novel doesn't contain cruft. I don't understand what you mean by "fiction depends on some ... redundancy."
Reasons I didn't bother to buy Harry Potter 7. If everything is going to get spoiled for me in the course of a month, it will get spoiled whether I decide to read it later, or am taking that month to read the book, because it will take me at least that long. I'm KIND OF a slow reader, but more so I just can't read for very long unless I'm on the train. Not that I think HP is great literature, but I like to take my time with it, otherwise I don't really get submerged in the world or invested in the characters or anything. My friend Ryan asked me if I watched movies in slow motion for this reason. He's dead now.
That being said, I was totally confused when I came to this thread and that was the topic of discussion, I had it so solidly in my imagination that the character in today's comic had picked up some work of non-fiction that it took me a minute to figure out why this had even come up.
6453893 wrote:I tend to read manga and nonfiction in the stores sometimes, but I simply CANNOT read fiction in a bookstore. Pynchon is hard enough without being woken out of it evey other minute.
woo hoo! Pynchon. Honestly, I don't even try to understand Pynchon, I mean, I read it carefully and what not, but if I still don't really get anything from it, I just keep going. I really think getting inside someone else's head is pretty close to impossible, and I really tend to think that's what he wants. I really enjoyed the Crying of lot 49, but I won't say I got it.