What’s on Your Bedside Table?

When we pick up a book, we intend to read the whole book, right?

Have you ever thought of reading part of the book;  the first few pages, or chapters, or right in amongst the middle pages?

Sometimes I’m feeling lazy or I don’t have chance to give a book the time it truly deserves. A good hour is needed at the beginning of a story to give it a chance to truly hold you;  to get to know the style of writing of the author, to understand the characters, and become part of the storyline.

I sometimes find the ‘vehicle’ the authors uses for his/her voice, (that is; the story itself) may not be  interesting, but I’d still like to hear the authors unique voice; to ‘feel’ the authors writing, get a taste for the ‘way’ they write,  without having to go through the whole ‘beginning, middle and end’, or become entwined in the characters lives or the storyline.

I picked up ‘Moll Flanders’ by Daniel Defoe. A period drama was just what I felt like being part of for a while.

I dived right into the middle pages, like into a deep warm pool, and it was quite a revelation.

To ‘hear’ the ‘old’ language is somehow grounding and reassuring in our fast world of computer, mobile phones, social media and TV, with its tiny snippets of information bites.

It’s a simple language, but full of explanation of every little nuance; around the subject, character and story.

It has a naive beauty to it.

It’s the kind of writing I often go back to read- Jane Eyre is a favourite, and Wuthering Heights; written well, with ‘real’ endings.

It’s comforting, remembering that we use to have the time to fully discuss things, when life was slower, quieter, calmer; a beautiful language which isn’t found in books written today.

Try it! Let me know what you think!

What’s on your bedside table?


About juliehyndman

Writing, poetry, art and life in general
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