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To read or not to read…

I started my most recent book a couple of days ago. I went through a careful selection process, picking the books off my shelf that I felt in the mood for, reading blurbs and looking up online reviews. The winner was a late addition to the finalists, but I was struck by all the glowing reviews of this inspirational 'true story'.

As so often happens, something I read prompted me to Google for more info. In the process I found out that the book is likely a fraud, not at all a true story. I thought I detected a false tone in the narrative.

My desire to read this book is now greatly diminished. I'm only 37 pages into this 278-page book, so it's not as though I've made a huge investment in it. But then, 37 pages is nothing to sneeze at for a slow reader like myself. And all the positive reviews must indicate that the story is compelling, so I could treat it merely as a normal piece of fiction. But, is the story compelling because it is such a great story and well told, or because we're working under the assumption that the author is honest and because true accounts of incredible human achievement inspire us?

What would you do in a similar situation?


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May. 26th, 2008 02:02 am (UTC)
Running with scissors?

If so, read it anyway. it's good even as fiction (i felt that it was too off the wall to be real anyway, so I made the assumption that it was fiction).

If not, let us know what book it is! I would probably read it anyway.
May. 26th, 2008 02:07 am (UTC)
The point is to keep the book's identity hidden to get opinions on the situation and not this particular title. I think I'm probably going to read it anyway, but I'm curious to know how people feel about such a situation.

BTW, re: a topic we were discussing earlier: It burst! ;)
May. 26th, 2008 02:06 am (UTC)
"A Million Little Pieces" ??

May. 26th, 2008 03:28 am (UTC)
Read it, whatever it is. It might add an interesting element to your reaction to the story to have the active notion of falsity in your thoughts, as opposed to just the idea that all authors interpret to some extent or other. You've said it's a compelling story, so that makes it worth reading. You can ponder as you go, about what exactly makes it so.
May. 26th, 2008 04:29 am (UTC)
If I don't make it to page 100 without effort, I'm not likely to finish the book. Too many books, too little time!
May. 26th, 2008 08:28 pm (UTC)
To Read
I've been known to have up to six books in progress at the same time. I suppose that's multitasking. But sometimes I become so reluctant to return to a book that I finally abandon it, my subconscious having made the decision for me. So I would suggest you start another book that interests you and, after a few days, try to return to your current selection to see how reluctant you become.

This is one case where I believe a subconscious decision is more valid than a conscious one.
May. 26th, 2008 08:46 pm (UTC)
Re: To Read
I currently have three other books going. I very rarely have only one book going at any given time.
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