Well, my first read-a-thon is nearly over 😦 I’ve really enjoyed it so far have you? My week has been fun, and I have finally read a book (Pride and Prejudice) that I have meant to read for years. I have finally got going, it’s just a shame at the end of the week. How has you read-a-thon gone? Is this your first one too?
8am: Yes, I am awake this early. I feel pretty alright considering how late I stayed up. This was completely by accident. After I finished Casino Royale and updated yesterday’s blog post I accidentally started reading High Rise. I’m only up to page 40, mind you it’s not a particularly long book, and so far, I really don’t get it. I’m mainly reading it because Emma recommended it, and because filming has begun on a film adaptation (starring Tom Hiddleston, Sienna Miller, Luke Evans, and Jeremy Irons). It just seems a bit strange at the moment, and it’s not the sort of strange I readily go on with so far. We shall see. My friends will be here all day, so I have another day’s worth of fun distractions that will most probably keep me away from reading for today.
4pm: I have spent the day in Liverpool with my friends. Sometimes I forget how great Liverpool is, but when I am showing people round the city, even if it is just wondering aimlessly through the shopping centre, or along the river, I am remind that it really is the best city on Earth. I am going to miss it while I am away 😦
11:45pm: I am now just over half way through High Rise, which, considering my awesome guests, is quite good going. I am confused. It’s like a car crash, I am not enjoying it, it’s deeply unpleasant, and yet you can’t look away. It has this hypnotising quality that I can’t quite explain. The almost post-apocalyptic feel is neither here nor there for me. I do like the way Ballard switches perspective between different tenants within the high-rise, all of different social standings, to portray the intricate relationships and hierarchies that are present. I have a feeling that I am going to slate this, and then as soon as I close the last page, I will miss it, and think it was really good. I can hope. I do think it will make a very interesting film, and I feel like the casting is spot on.
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