June 26th, 2008

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Big Read Meme

According to the Big Read meme, they say the average adult has only read 6 of the books on the list. Sad commentary on how little we read any more. But how come the Harry Potter books (and Narnia, and His Dark Materials) only qualify as a single book, when they're a saga of many volumes? Why is Hamlet listed separately from Complete Works of
Shakespeare? Same for The Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe (Narnia).

Why is there no Two Years Before the Mast (Dana) or Moliere (the French alternative to Shakespeare). Or what about Tale of Genji, or The Decameron? We're talking great literature that's still readable. Not fashionable at the moment, perhaps?

No Edward Abbey, but we get Bill Bryson? Memoires of a Geisha but no Tale of Genji?

I probably don't intend to read anything not already bolded. There are only so many hours in a day. I leave it to the reader to guess which ones I love. Some of the ones I have re-read include Shakespeare, Sherlock Holmes, Lord of the Rings, and Dracula.

I find it interesting that most of the books I haven't read (or didn't finish) are those written within the last 30 years. Will they still qualify for the list in another 30 years?

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I also tend, on looking at the works of various authors, wonder why certain books were chosen and not others.

And I know I'm one of the few who's read the whole damned Bible, and not just selected books. Everyone should do it at least once...there's a lot of surprising stuff in there. (And try it in different translations and be even more surprised.)
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