There’s two competing factions in the Librarian Reads Everything project. On the one side is the want to really delve into a book, explore its nuances, and try to see it from the recommender’s perspective. The other side is the knowledge that to read 189 books in just over 9 months means I have to complete each book in approximately 1.5 days. Pause for a second and read that last sentence again. Each and every book, in 1.5 days.
Keeping that in mind, there are times that even allowing for extra time to read a book, like Faust, I can’t possibly get in depth as the person who recommended it. I read this book in about 4-5 days (in which I should have read it, and two others) and so it completely swamped me.
I really enjoyed the first parts, which is the more well-known of the two parts. The second part, dealing with the ancient Greeks, was much harder to get through because I didn’t have as in-depth a knowledge of Greek mythology. And that speaks to another advantage the recommenders have over the reader. Particularly with academic works, the recommender usually reads them through with their class, so they benefit from the discussion that goes on with their classmates and their teacher. The entire group is able to bring out certain plot points, notable references, and then loop back to earlier passages to combine these elements. Reading alone, it’s hard to tie it all together.
This is all to say that Faust, while certainly an interesting and seminal work, is best read in a group setting. It brought back fond memories of my own high school english courses and taking the time to really delve into the classics. While I enjoy personal reading and this project, there are definitely times where I miss collaborative reading.
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