Sunday, May 25, 2008
44. "The Golden Notebook" - Doris Lessing
"[...] if we were to view it solely as an aesthetic experience, we may lose some of its force" (Frederick Karl).
"There is only one way to read, which is to browse in libraries and bookshops, picking up books that attract you, reading only those, dropping them when they bore you, skipping the parts that drag -- and never, never reading anything because you feel you ought, or because it is part of a trend or a movement. Remember that the book which bores you when you are 20 or 30 will open doors for you when you are 40 or 50 -- and vice versa." - Doris Lessing, in her introduction to The Golden Notebook.
So, I shall try this again, as I tried it five years ago. My brain isn't ready to slog through it yet, though I did make it to page 105, 90 more pages than last time.