After a wonderful burst of reading, I haven't been reading as much this week. Last night, I started Stephen Benatar's Wish her safe at home. I don't remember where I heard about this book, but it was most likely one of the book/reading blogs I've been discovering. (I did add a lot of books to my reading list!) I wish I hadn't read the introduction (although it was interesting), because my perception of the characters was set and it would have been more fun to gradually discover Rachel's set of mind. I've just finished the scene where she's on the train, with Pride and Prejudice in her lap, and she turns to her seatmate and says something un-Jane Austenish.
The act of reading ... begins on a flat surface, counter or page, and then gets stirred and chopped and blended until what we make, in the end, is a dish, or story, all our own.
— Adam Gopnik
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