Wednesday, 17 October 2012
On Mammoth Books
For the past three months, I have been reading Vikram Seth's epic novel about post-Independence India, A Suitable Boy. I am loving it and completely in awe of Seth's talent but it is a mammoth book. In fact, I think it's the longest book I have ever read. My edition has 1474 pages and I am currently on 1083.
So things will go quiet on the blog whilst I enjoy the last 400-ish pages. I've been reading this book for so long now that it will be strange not to spend time with the characters any more. I am so impressed by Seth's ability to create so many fully dimensional characters and link them in different ways.
Before I started blogging, I used to read a lot of chunky books like this as I love a good epic. But now I catch myself thinking about the gap between reviews appearing on my blog and how long it will take to read a longer book. And sometimes it puts me off starting them, even if I know it shouldn't. So this week, I'm burying myself in this book even if it takes ages to read and even if there are no posts on my blog for a week or so. No pressure, just reading the way I want to read.
Do you read chunky books, or does the pressure of blogging put you off?