Can someone please explain to me where in the world time goes? My last progress notes were on December 20, 2009. I was thinking to make this at the least a weekly thing, the real goal being a few notes twice a week on how my reading was going. Or how about every 20 days or so?
At the beginning of the year I posted my plans and thoughts on reading deliberately and just a few goals, one of which was to read fewer books at a time. So far I have only been reading a single book and listening to a single audio at the time. Aren’t you proud of me? I am. I just bought Wench, by Dolen Perkins-Valdez, and though I am dying to start reading it, I have not.
I finished reading The Eye of The World, before I started reading The Little Stranger even though I need to be finished with The Little Stranger by Tuesday, and I have a few weeks yet before I will need to have read The Eye of The World. So much for my reading schedule.
I am totally taken with Sarah Waters’ writing. It has been so easy to get into this book. I haven’t had as much time to read this week as I have in the previous weeks, so I have been dipping in every time I get the chance.
Earlier in the month I had been chatting with a friend who works at a British owned company about England having very little mobility between the classes, even today, and how that in turn has translated into a rigid class structure at the company where she works. I’m not so sure that I don’t think that there is such a system in full effect here is the U.S. I think we view it differently here, and might recognize it less for what it is, but I definitely think it is just as rigid in a lot of ways. I haven’t yet been able to fully nail down my thoughts on this, and in any case, I digress.
But it was a relevant digression because this book is very much about the breakdown in the class system in England after the war, to some degree. The main character, Dr. Faraday, first becomes acquainted with Hundreds Hall when his mother, a former servant of the Hall, brings him as a child for a small gathering. While he is there, the lady of the house presents him with an award. Years later as a doctor, he is re-acquainted with the house and becomes involved with the family under far more intimate circumstances. Waters is adept at capturing his conflicting thoughts about the family and his feelings at being involved with them as he now is.
I started The Time Machine last night when I was too tired to read, but a little too hyped to go to sleep. A friend and I are de-cluttering our apartments this weekend, so I had to go down to her place to help her be ruthless with getting rid of her possessions, and today she’s going to come up and do the same for me. We had dinner and wine but by the time I got home I still wasn’t ready to call it a night.
The book jumps right into the action immediately, and the narrator was speaking so rapidly that I had no idea what was going on at first. There is a lot of theoretical conversation with a purported time traveler talking about the properties of time and time travel with a varied group of professionals. I’m just now getting to the part where the time traveler is demonstrating how the time machine works. After hearing about Wells’ War of the Worlds radio show, I know that he isn’t above using tricks on his audience so I am curious to see how this will play out.
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How has your reading been?