What would you read?
I need a piece of semi-contemporary fiction to take the edge off of War and Peace. I've nothing underway at the moment, but three books that might suit the purpose are within arm's reach.
The Fountainhead by Ayn Rand is one of those books I purchased in 2005 and "saved" to read after returning to Poland. I've been here over a year but haven't cracked the cover. I have read Atlas Shrugged twice, as well as We the Living (a much shorter book). As I understand it, The Fountainhead is a sort of prequel, not to the novel, but to the ideas in Atlas Shrugged. It is nearly 700 pages long, and it is a toss of the coin whether I will become entirely engrossed and read it one huge gulp (as happened with her other fiction), or whether I will get bored and lay it aside to continue waiting.
Some time ago, a friend suggested I might enjoy The Poisonwood Bible by Barbara Kingsolver. I have never read anything by this author, except the first few pages of this book, just to get a taste of the writing style. It's another hefty book, over 600 pages long, and one I actually declared I would read for the Chunkster Challenge. The big question is...will this book demand my attention until I reach the last page or will I be able to pace the reading alongside my ever-present Tolstoy?
Finally, there is Remembering by Wendell Berry. A lot of people I know are reading, admiring, and recommending Wendell Berry this year, and I picked up a book of "Three Short Novels" at the used bookstore here in Krakow, pleased that they had something by this author. I was more than a little overwhelmed by the death theme of the first short novel, Nathan Coulter, and I have been a bit skittish about reading further. Nevertheless, Remembering is only 100 pages long and can't demand too much of my time and attention. The first word/sentence of Nathan Coulter is, "Dark." The first sentence of Remembering is, "It is dark." I don't know...
I know what I'm going to do tonight. I'm going to walk away from my desk, grab something comfortable and familiar, and reread something I know I will like.
But what would you read next?