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May 18, 2012

Being sick does have some advantages

by Janie Jones

So, while I’ve been sick as a dog the last few days I’ve had no guilt at all about sitting on the sofa doing nothing but reading, nursing tea and blowing my nose through a whole box of Kleenex.

I’ve managed to finish Lady Chatterley’s Lover by D. H. Lawrence.  It’s one of those classics that occasionally gets mentioned as having been highly controversial, and well, I always have had a curiosity to find out why.  Plus, I simply like being well read, and have not managed to be able to read enough of the classics to be able to really call myself that yet.

At first I found it rather dull reading.  I can see why it would have been controversial then, but now you see racier stuff all the time.  And, I guess the whole class issue deal would have been pretty shocking.  I was fully prepared to plod through it for nothing but the few “racy” sex scenes, considering it some kind of bodice-ripping Harlequin romance of it’s day.  However, initially there was little romance to enjoy as the sex scenes were mostly peppered with grief, sadness, depression and regret.  But somewhere near the last half it got much better, and I have to say the ending pleased me quite well.  It was a very curious, but refreshing, look into the human heart, one I had not expected to end so well, respectably or so cleanly considering the social mess in which the characters lived.  I suppose I’d say it started with confusion, fear and despair and ended with hope.  I won’t say anything more as to not spoil it for any who aren’t familiar with the book and may have the urge to read it.

In the end I was very glad I read it.  It surprised me much.

Next on the reading list is a little lighter and fluffier fare:  A Discovery of Witches by Deborah Harkness.  I bought it some time ago, I think at Christmas, but never had time to read it.  Leif read it and said it was okay, and usually he and I have similar tastes in books, so I think I’ll enjoy it.  It, however, appears to be the first of a trilogy, so I hope it doesn’t have too much of a cliff hanger.  I’m nearly halfway through already and it seems rather far yet from a conclusion.  So, we’ll see….

I have great hopes of getting the opportunity to do much pleasure reading this summer, sick or healthy.  But what to choose next?  So much literature, so little time.