Tuesday, January 21, 2014

My Book In Hiding
The mammoth novel I swear I’m going to get to

In my top books all-time, I’d put Peter Matthiessen’s The Snow Leopard right near the top. Sometimes
I say it’s the best. I’ve only read a couple of his other books. One on Buddhism. One on some fishermen
on Long Island. The big book of his that I know I’ve got to read is Shadow Country, a huge historical novel. I have it at home in a beautiful paperback.
But it intimidates me. 892 pages.

At my branch library, I noticed it wrongly-shelved among the mystery books. I've picked it up and held it. It feels better than my paperback. I think I’ll read it in little portions at the library, carefully putting it back where it doesn't really belong.

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