Lest any of you think I wussed out and gave up. Indeed, I did not.
Currently, I am on page 130-something. It can be dense and slow going, and yet still absorbing. In fact, it’s often exciting, even exhilerating. I realize that probably sounds pretty geeky, but its true. There is so much going on, and I’m sure that I’m only grasping about 10% of it, but still its worth it for what I am absorbing.
In some ways it is a manic experience, reading DFW’s prose, especially the prose in this novel. It seems as if you can feel the author’s intensity via his words. Although, I have to admit that in the evening, after a full day of work, the size of that book can be daunting, and I look for ways to avoid reading it. Such as getting interested in reading his short stories, particularly from Girl with Curious Hair, his first collection. Plus, working at a library I am often seduced by new books coming in.
And just yesterday, I started a new novel, Revolutonary Road, by Richard Yates. I’ve been meaning to read this one for years. I’ve always heard it was very good. Apparently, a lot of writers are fans of it, but it isn’t necessarily widely popular. Written in the early 60s, it is set in the mid-50s and is concerned with a young married couple who seemed to be frustrated by the banality of 50s suburban life. I’ve started this novel a couple of times but never got far. Not sure why. This time is different. I’m getting into. I wonder how much of that has to be do with being married now and living in a suburb. What inspired me to pick it up again? They’re making a movie out of it. I was surprised. Saw the preview last weekend when Colleen and I went to see Ghost Town, with Ricky Gervais, a movie that is better than it appears based on the trailers. Anyhoo… RR is going to star Leo Cap and Kate Winslet. And yeah, my first reaction was: is this a good idea, putthing these two in a movie togther after Titanic? Apparently somebody thought so. I’m pretty confident that Winslet will give a good performance. If anything queers this film, it will be Leo. It will be interesting to see how he plays the role of a married man that works a humdrum job and struggles to keep his life together.
My point: despite the fatigue of daily life and other enticing reading distraction, I am making progress on Infinite Jest.