Tough Sledding part 2 COSA

Still fighting the good fight with The Confessions of Saint Augustine.
Book club meets day after tomorrow–352 total pages in the book . . .

I am on page 301.  Don’t think it’s been easy.  Here’s a sample–

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huh?  That’s on page 283 in my book in case you want to look it up as you follow along.  Ha-ha-ha-ha-ha-ha-ha- . . .

 

 

 

 

Why do I keep reading?  Why do I want to finish it?  Well, to check
it off a book list, of course!!  My old sainted Good Reading book which
I’ve used as a guide for many years will have a smart check! next to
this book soon.

I see I haven’t checked many in this early section.  (none)  And, if
I like this one –as they say at amazon.com–I might like:

Epictetus–Moral Discourses or Petronius–The Satyricon–and
several others—just email me to ask for more.  (heh-heh)

But~  I’m on page 301—look, look at the way the pages in the
book are lessening—-I’ve squeezed this book together about one
hundred times while reading to see if I’m a third through, half
through, getting there, and now–it looks pretty good, hm?

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And then I had the GOALS of reaching page 50, 100, 150, 200, etc
and if you think that’s been easy . . .

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Have to admit there was one part——-oh, I won’t spoil it for you—
one part where I actually laughed out loud for a second.  Nope, I’m
not telling what page.

One book club member in a recent conversation said that she is
having trouble reading it — and will finish a page and not remember
what she just read.  Really?

Well, this, too, will pass.  Join us Tuesday night for the “review” of
the book.

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4 Responses to Tough Sledding part 2 COSA

  1. booksilver says:

    Maybe the issue is that it’s a context problem. You wouldn’t mind if you were reading it in the context of a philosophy or theology class; it’s just perhaps that it is not quite what you’re ready for when the other books in your book group list are novels, some of them popular fiction.

    • booksandbuttons says:

      Oh, I’d mind, all right. But I think you’ve
      hit the nail on the head. This book is just
      completely out of context for a reading group
      like ours that reads for pleasure, yes, and
      also to broaden our horizons, but not on a
      deep philosophical scale. Thanks for a good
      view on our dilemma.

  2. booksilver says:

    So? How did the book group feel about it?

    • booksandbuttons says:

      Well, as you might imagine. Two of us read it all.
      And the other member who read it found out that her
      copy had had all the verbs ending with “eth” and “est”.
      She actually said she’d like to read the more modern
      translated edition. Yes! she said “would like to read” it!! Even tho
      for her report she had said that her eyes looked at all the
      words “if you can call that reading”. We had some laughs,
      but were respectful, too, of this 4th Century tome.

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