May. 9th, 2012

Revisionist Day 6 - Book you can never read again
Okay, I know going back and altering this is setting a bad precedent, but predictably today I thought of two books I could never read again.

The Far Pavillions by M M Kaye - Boy, this was a hard read. I didn't hate it but I wouldn't put myself through it again. The only reason I got through it this time was for the reason outlined below.

Random Acts of Senseless Violence by Jack Womack - This is a georgeous, terrifying book and I love it, but the thing I love most about it is the thing that would prevent me from reading it again. A Cyperpunk-style story charting a teenaged girl's transition to adulthood in a dystopian near-future world, one of the main devices the author uses to chart change and the impact of the environment on her is the girl's own language - it's cleverly and subtley done and by the end I found myself thinking in that language. I don't think I'd get that impact second time around, so I wouldn't want to try.

Day 7 - Book that reminds you of someone

The Far Pavillions, by M M Kaye - This book reminds me of a wonderful work colleague, Sabar. A 57 year old devout muslim man with whom I formed an unlikely comedic partnership in my last job working for The Man. In my first week we got talking about books, Far Pavillions was his favourite and urged me to read it. Then he brought in his hardback copy to lend to me and it sat in my hallway, mocking me, for 13 months. Every few weeks Sabar would ask me how I was getting on and I would come up with ever more ridiculous excuses as to why I was failing or when I would get around to it. When I left last May, the office bought me a paperback copy (one of the excuses was that it was too heavy to read at the gym)signed by them all and I started reading that night.

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