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Dark Puss

No, not really :-) just as I am extremely happy to listen to a whole range of pieces of music (in a very wide range of genre) after (for example) listening to Bach unaccompanied Cello Suites. Once again I commend to you Kafka on the Shore which I think maybe somewhere on your shelves and is one of the most terrific novels I have read in the last 15 years.


Commendation noted, thank you DP.
You don't mind breaking the spell by moving on 'regardless'?
I think I've found something which will follow the novel without jolts or jarring; I'm about to begin it, so we'll see.

Dark Puss

Not in reading and not when I can chose what I listen to musically. However I do not like encores in live (classical) music performances as so often they do break the spell for me. Whenever I can I leave a concert after the last programmed piece and after applause but before any encore choices. That's my perspective; I know it is probably an unusual (perhaps perverse) point of view.


I usually follow an outstanding novel with a piece of non-fiction. I seem to need a break before I can get caught up in another fictional world.


That's just how I felt, Lynne, and non-fiction it is.


An interesting point about encores.


I sometimes feel exactly like that and usually pick a re-read I know I'll like.


That's a very good idea.


Yes, as callme madam says, a re-read usually does the trick, Miss Pettigrew for example.


Miss Pettigrew is fun!

Rebecca Leamon

We call that a book hangover in my house! I have two long novels going (The Wind-Up Bird Chronicle and Pachinko) and a shorter (and much less elegantly written) young adult story going as well (What If It's Us). . . and a graduate class with lots of reading, but so far nothing terribly compelling.


Book hangover - very good!


How about The Thirteenth Tale by same author? It is just as good as Once Upon a River


Yes, read that one!

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