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Whingings of a Book Nrrrrd: Or, A First World Dilemma Of Catastrophic Proportion

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Yuri Hospodar

Whingings of a Book Nrrrrd: Or, A First World Dilemma Of Catastrophic Proportion

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George Gordon Lord Byron
When I travel, I like to hold myself prisoner in a way by taking only one (1) book, two at very most; usually ones I've been unable to get through or require no distractions (i.e. the other five books I have by my bed table), so I'll be forced to read it/them on the plane and/or by the seaside (or wherever I wind up). I need to take a break from Sam Beckett, so the swarm of by/about-Beckett-books has to stay behind. So I'm thinking it's a chance to dive into Joyce. Question is, Ulysses or Finnegan's Wake?

I've been doing Ulysses the last few days and it's fine, but I fear his rampant Catholicism and repressed-therefore-obsessive sexuality might drag a bit. Finnegan's Wake on the other hand, I lurrrrv the long bits of it I've read but fear the very thing that makes it ultracool - its Milligan/Lennon-inspiring dense punnerywordplay - might also require me to take longer-than-usual breaks to digest and concentration I might not be able to muster whilst communing with the Coral Sea as I'll be doing.

So maybe I'll take the Wake and, as backup, Byron's Childe Harold's Pilgrimage, another long work by a fave poet that I haven't yet read all the way through, and I ought to since (a) I'm getting oooold so the 'I'll get to it some day' putting-of-off aint workin no more, and (b) if I do return to uni as planned, I plan to concentrate on my beloved Brit Romantics, so it would be good to get it into my soft and squishy brane.

Thing is, both books are big thickies. Whilst I hope to encounter a few big thickies on our tropical poofter resort jaunt, I was not exactly envisioning books when invoking this concept. This pair will clog up much carry-on bag space. On the other hand, internyet reception is sparse in the far north, so we're leaving laptops behind ... more room is available.

Byron and Joyce it shall be. GAWD THAT DECISION WAS EXHAUSTING. Now to pack. Oh my Zeus, which shirts to ta-
BLAMMO
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