Alice Dryden (huskyteer) wrote,
Alice Dryden

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Vanity Unfair

The office Book Club is a bit of a mixed blessing.

I get to discuss books with other people who've read them, which is always engaging, and read books I wouldn't otherwise have considered which I've really enjoyed (like Death and the Penguin).

On the other hand, I also get to read books I wouldn't otherwise have considered which I don't enjoy all that much.

Currently we're reading Vanity Fair, which I fear falls into the latter category.

It's reasonably entertaining, quite funny, and has enough plot to keep me turning pages - the chapter that ended with one character lying dead on the field of Waterloo with a bullet through his heart certainly made me look forward to resuming next bedtime - but I'm just not getting enough return from it for the sheer damn thickness of the thing. Because I'm not all that into it, I don't feel like reading more than a chapter or two a day, so it drags on and on and my enthusiasm wanes further. I've been at it for over a month and already had to renew it once; if I do so again the librarians might start to laugh at me. Meanwhile, there's a mounting pile of literature I know I'm going to enjoy sitting on my bedroom floor taunting me.

Here are just some of the treats that await me when I manage to polish off Thackeray:

  • In the Wet, a Nevil Shute picked up at Southwark Library for 10p
  • The Amazing Story of Adolphus Tips by Michael Morpurgo, bought because it has a cat and some Spitfires on the cover and a Harley-riding granny in the first chapter
  • Three volumes of The Bandy Papers, comedy Royal Flying Corps adventures borrowed from sloopjonb last year
  • Biography of Jon Pertwee bought in Greenwich Book Time where everything is £2
  • Autobiography of Gene Wilder given me by kowarth for my birthday
  • The No. 1 Ladies Detective Agency, borrowed from my grandma several months ago

I have seldom started a book I couldn't finish (the last I remember was The Pickwick Papers) and I don't intend to be defeated by this one, especially in front of my peers. But Gad I wish the cast would hurry up and receive their comeuppances.

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