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  •  I never found the language ponderous. (5+ / 0-)
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    To be honest, I’m not even sure what you mean.  For the most part it seems pretty straightforward.

    •  ummmm..., (4+ / 0-)
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      BMScott, No Exit, Brecht, RiveroftheWest

      Maybe a bit formal and stodgy, especially towards the end? Definitely not a comprehension issue. Or maybe I just don't care for really long books, since LOTR is just one long book broken into three. Don't get me wrong, I love it all.

      •  I certainly agree about it being just (4+ / 0-)
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        one long book.  As for the language, it might just possibly be relevant that even as a kid I was sometimes described as talking like a book!

        •  when i was a younger i always preferred the hobbit (4+ / 0-)
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          and found it difficult to slog through the whole LOTR...

          however, i re-read it recently and found that i was no longer bogged down in the language and consequently enjoyed the book much more than i had in the past.

          i even liked the songs and digressions...

          but i definitely understand the challenge of wading through all of the descriptive passages and digressions...

          If you didn't care what happened to me, and I didn't care for you, we would zig zag our way through the boredom and pain, occasionally glancing up through the rain, wondering which of the buggers to blame, and watching for pigs on the wing. R. Waters

          by No Exit on Sat Apr 05, 2014 at 05:08:34 PM PDT

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          •  The more we read, the better we get at it (3+ / 0-)
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            We learn more vocab, more social context and awareness of the subtleties of human nature; there are all sorts of levels built into novels, and we get better at navigating them. As we expand our tree of knowledge, it covers more ground, so that details which were dry irrelevancies grow more interesting.

            It's a great joy to return to a book I once couldn't finish, and sail joyfully through it; and a sadness to return to a beloved read of yore, and find it's grown shallow as my keel deepened.

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

            by Brecht on Sun Apr 06, 2014 at 04:12:26 PM PDT

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