I’ve always been quite a compulsive bookworm. My literary interests veer mostly toward classic western literature, biography, theology, and philosophy, but I can enjoy trying to handle just about anything.
Sometimes I get into something at least a bit over my head, though. For every author like Flannery O’Connor and Evelyn Waugh, whose Books are very short, there are also others like Dostoyevsky and James Joyce, who really overdo it as far as length. I couldn’t make any sense whatsoever of Joyce’s “Finnegan’s Wake”, and because I once tried to read seventy five pages of his “Ulysses” in only one day, I spent the next three full days with a very violent migraine and nausea.
Recently I first met my cousin Mark’s girlfriend Sarah. She struck me as a very nice, intelligent, pretty lady. She recommended that I read “Godel, Escher, Bach: An Eternal Golden Braid”, by Douglas R. Hofstadter. It’s quite intimidating. I’ve been trying, very slowly, to get through it, at a rate of only about three dozen pages at a time.
My main problem about this book is that, understandably, it’s all about math, science, and music. I’ve never been any good at math or science, nor have I ever found either of them the least bit interesting. I’m so happy that at least I can have a nice time with the musical references.
The book has been, so far, quite interesting. At the very least, it can most certainly widen my intellectual horizons at least a bit. It deals largely with perspective, and the nature of reality. Considering that I’ve always been so completely smitten with theology and philosophy, that’s the part of it that strikes me as most appealing.