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I have three great posts to share with you from this week. A review of 84 Charing Cross Road and The Duchess of Bloomsbury Street by Helene Hanff, two great books - about books!
A review of French Fried by Chris Dolley.
Finally, I had the very lucky opportunity of interviewing Australian author Kerry Greenwood.
As a result, although he was an author that I had often heard about but had always been too scared to try.
Instead what I found when I read Metamorphosis was an extremely readable story that was packed with so much meaning and subtlety that I was floored by Kafka's sheer talent. This is an author that I can't wait to read more of.
Although I had always been keen in theory to attempt his works, I was also very apprehensive. I didn't want to fail in my attempt to read his books.
The first Rushdie book I read was Midnights Children, the winner of the Best Ever Man Booker Prize Winners. I absolutely loved it, couldn't put it down. Having surprised myself, I then moved on to The Satanic Verses, the reading of which was an invaluable experience to me.
Why do I say that? Well, of all this authors that I was initially too intimidated to read, Rushdie was definitely the hardest in the end. I had to read very slowly, especially The Satanic Verses. I also found that at the end of the book, I didn't entirely understand everything that I had read, again particularly with The Satanic Verses. You can read my review of it here; the quality of the review reflects my limited understanding of what I read.
Given the difficulty I had reading and understand these books, I am proud of myself for reading them and finishing them... and enjoying them. Completing The Satanic Verses taught me that I shouldn't under-estimate myself and my reading ability.
What is my next challenge?
The other reason that I bring this up is because I am about to embark upon my next challenge - A Suitable Boy by Vikram Seth.
I have owned this book for some time now, but have always been too intimidated to read it. Like Anna Karenina, this aversion to reading it is largely to do with its size.
A Suitable Boy by Vikram Seth is the longest novel ever written (in one volume) in the English language.
Quite something. And quite something to attempt to read. But I am going to start it as soon as I can.
What about you?
Are there any authors that you have really enjoyed once you have read their works, despite being intimidated by them? Do you have any exciting reads coming up that you have been putting off because of the challenge that they pose?