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  •  It amazes me that so many teenagers, and younger (2+ / 0-)
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    RiveroftheWest, Winston Sm1th

    children, make it all the way through LOTR with delight. It's a massive book, with long dry spells - that endless slog through Mordor, with such trivial adventures. But loads of kids keep going, which shows the power of Tolkein's original spell.

    I've had the same experience you had, with other books. Moby Dick and Swann's Way, when I was a teenager, just didn't offer enough handholds to grasp in their early pages. When I returned to them in later decades, I spoke book much more fluently, so all their subtler charms sustained me until the plot kicked in.

    "Every man has a right to utter what he thinks truth" Samuel Johnson

    by Brecht on Mon Sep 30, 2013 at 10:26:50 AM PDT

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