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  •  Oh, you're right (6+ / 0-)

    that they're all very good books. Some I will like more than others:

    but Emma just blew me away when I read it in college & so that's the one I'm most interested in right this moment.

    I preferred The Waves to Mrs. Dalloway, for example. Which just might show why I'm strictly middlebrow....

    Irony takes a worse beating from Republicans than Wile E. Coyote does from Acme. --Tara the Antisocial Social Worker

    by Youffraita on Sat Oct 05, 2013 at 01:01:18 AM PDT

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    •  'The Waves' is called her hardest book. Some love (6+ / 0-)

      it. It's always interesting when a brilliant writer stretches out.

      I've been meaning to read Mrs. Dalloway for years. I may try to read it twice before I diary it. Had I but world enough and time, I'd read each of them twice before writing on them. Still, it's good to have chores I'll enjoy.

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

      by Brecht on Sat Oct 05, 2013 at 02:06:24 AM PDT

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      •  I didn't think (4+ / 0-)

        The Waves was hard, although it is certainly structurally intriguing. For me it was more like, Oh, I see what you're doing there, and then following her (and enjoying the trip).

        Irony takes a worse beating from Republicans than Wile E. Coyote does from Acme. --Tara the Antisocial Social Worker

        by Youffraita on Sat Oct 05, 2013 at 10:36:51 PM PDT

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        •  I've read some very hard books, that just flowed (4+ / 0-)

          for me - anything's easy to read, if it fascinates you. And I've read easier books which took me years to get into; like Crime and Punishment which, when I finally got stuck in, was the fastest Dostoevsky of all.

          But I like mahakali overdrive's succinct sorting of Woolf, so I'll try Jacob's Room before The Waves.

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

          by Brecht on Sun Oct 06, 2013 at 01:41:19 AM PDT

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