Some of you may be acquainted with the slow reading technique - it's basically reading a book through an extended period of time, commonly a year, enjoying it, bit by bit, thinking about it constantly etc.
I've done that before with Paradise Lost and Aquinas. The results are indeed amazing.
What are the books you'd say are worth slow reading? Fiction and nonfiction.
Just out of curiosity. Can a pleb like me just pick up this book and begin reading?
Or is there some recommended reading required before picking it up?
OR does it require a certain literary maturity to appreciate it (like other patrician books like infinite jest or gravity's rainbow) ?
It's not hard, it's like prose poetry philosophy, I would suggest you get a hold on Schopenhauer's and Nietzsche's aphorisms and bigger ideas and maybe understand the existentialist movements a bit if you really wanna understand the person behind the book.
>get a hold on Schopenhauer and Nietzsche
Man. Do you know what you just asked me to do? You just asked me to start with the greeks and work my way up to Nietzsche which will take at least a year or two. Then I can move on to Book of Disquiet.
I read War and Peace that way. Four years total, with one year off in the middle. Not technically slow reading, I did fasten through some sections, but battles and Pierre parts were very slow.
I try to pace my reading anyhow. Racing through a book just to up my read count is ridiculous. Reading is a pleasurable experience so why hurry?
Kinda like sex. I take my time and enjoy it.
I feel like I get a lot more out of literature now after Finnegans Wake absolutely destroyed my ability to read anything quickly. I'm more focused now on complete comprehension and appreciation rather than just getting the gist of what's being said and moving on.
I did that with Mason and Dixon. Took about 7 months, but was a beautiful way to digest such a linguistically dense novel. For reference, I read Moby Dick in 4 weeks, Infinite Jest twice in the span of 6 months and Gravity's Rainbow in 5 weeks, but taking M&D slow was a conscious decision after I got the feel for the language and realized what kind of ride it was going to be.
>tfw I'm a reincarnated medieval scribe
>tfw someone puts a snail on a book and doesn't immediately run for the axe
>tfw people think that's cute
ARE YOU WORKING FOR THE ENEMY?!
No bait. Had long working hours, school, and I didn't have a lot of time to read anyway, so I took it slow. Something family related came up, and I nearly gave up on it almost right in the middle. Came back to it after a year and then finished it.
Obviously It was my first time reading it. No plans for reread, but I don't think anything is getting close to topping it as my personal favourite.