Winner of 2017 Giller Prize

Winner of 2017 Giller Prize
Michael Redhill for his novel Bellevue Square

Friday, August 16, 2013

Avoiding E-Books

I was going to write about the time I read a mystery story that had recipes embedded in the text and I did not book mark them.  Then I tried to find them again. I swiped that Kobo until my fingers turned to mush.  I never found one recipe and  so began to doubt my sanity.

I was going to mention the time I read Doctor Zhivago and wanted to go back to a wonderful scene, where the doctor was taken into the army, and read it again. But  I had learned my lesson and  after a few guesses as to the page number, I just sat and glowered at the Kobo. It smiled back.

Instead, I am going to mention that right now I am reading a great e book, The Cuckoo's Calling by Robert Galbraith aka J. K. Rowling.  It is a straight up private-eye mystery. The impecunious private eye, the nice secretary who is engaged to a dull fellow (but we know what will happen at the end), the suicide that may be a murder, the interviews with all the people involved - many of them odd-ball types - well, you know the drill.  But our hero, en ex war vet,  is facing a complicated case. A lot happened on the fateful night when the  famous model fell to her death or, as this reader believes,  was pushed. But by whom?  If I had a real live book, I could go back and check certain facts that were passed over, perhaps too quickly.

But can I do that.? Can I take on the role of the involved  reader and try to solve  the mystery?  Did I bookmark? Did I know on page 40 that I would like to return to it once I got to page 100?  Do I feel now that I should have paid the paltry extra bit of money and bought the real book?  

 

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