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Friday, November 8, 2019
It's not too late to join in!
In his kind attention to our ongoing The Widow's Son reading group at the Only Maybe blog, Bogus Magus writes, "In the last post I mentioned studying "The Widow's Son" with an online reading group, but did not add a link to it, partly because we have already reached Week 10. However, the introductory post, and subsequent comments from the group remain a resource for future reference."
At the risk of sounding self serving, may I make the case that there's no time like the present?
The Widow's Son is not a terribly long novel. It's not a short book, but it's no Anna Karenina, either. (When I began reading Anna, my first wife asked, "Has she thrown herself in front of the train yet?")
My Kindle app says that we are currently 35 percent of the way through The Widow's Son.
The New York Times obituary for the late Harold Bloom says, "Professor Bloom called himself 'a monster' of reading; he said he could read, and absorb, a 400-page book in an hour."
I am a mere mortal, not a monster of reading. Yet even though I have a full time job, and usually don't get to sit down and read until fairly late in the evening, I'm pretty sure I can read 35 percent of a normal-sized novel in a week or two.
I doubt I'm exceptional. So if you haven't started The Widow's Son, or if you've gotten a little behind, catch up with us! It's not too late.
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I'm reading the Kindle version as well. I've been reading ahead & am at 66%-- I have to make myself slow down as I am really enjoying this book which is fast becoming my favorite RAW book. Many of the comments have been quite enlightening as well as the blog posts. Wilson often said one way to increase your intelligence is to hang out with people smarter than yourself. This reading group is certainly it for me!
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