It's been 10 days since AW disclosed his 'underworld experience' and I am now passed the cogitation stage. I am between my ECG and MRI scans, which will hopefully determine the cause of my blackouts, plus I have some time to kill before I re-enter the Henhouse in a few weeks. I want to study Homer's 'The Odyssey' but lack time and space at the moment. Thankfully, I have an Audible account (ooh, I would love a sponsership) and the full story is about 13 hours long - which means I can listen to it while doing other things. I must not listen late at night as I will sleep through it, but my plan it to chip through it and understand all the layers of interpretation as well as hopefully enjoy it. I know I should probably read The Illead, but I've been told that The Odyssey is an easier story. Besides, I can swot up on it via the net and if I think of it as crucial to my research, I will download it (just as well I am back at the Henhouse - I can spend more money on reader deals so I have 3 credits for £18 instead of £24.
I have had a bit of a bad run with books, recently - exhibit a is The Master and Margarita plus I am 2/3rds the way through Charles Bukowski's 'Factotum', which has left me cold. People keep telling me what an amazing writer he is - raw, gritty, full of atmosphere. Cool - I can do gritty etc. Have been so richly disappointed. Some of his style is how a 5 year old would write his day at school, but with CB, it's peppered with sordid inanities, which would be far more interesting if he had written a tad more eloquently.
Basically, it was like this:
I went to a bar and a I had a drink or three and I f***ed a floozy in the back passage* and then I went home. I ate my dinner and saw a woman through my window. She lived across the road and she had her skirt too high. I had a w**k and went to sleep.
*take from that what you will
Still, I will read 'Factotum' to the end, so I can get the book out of the way and say that I've read it, but it will go to the charity shop after that. I am fairly ambivalent about it - I didn't dislike it so much that I have shredded it (E.L James for example - I didn't disapprove of the material, but I despised the writing style), but I don't care enough for it to remain on my bookshelf.
Anyway, tonight I will tune in to my Audible Odyssey.
Wish me luck - I'm going in.