The day to remember the books you should’ve read but didn’t

Today is World Book Day– kids get tokensto help them buy the books that will be put on one side as they pick up the Wii or Playstation or get on with texting or MSN. Today’s Times reported that 65% of people quizzed admitted to having lied about reading a book that they have not read. The report suggested that the most popular books lied about were 1984, War and Peace and Ulysees and…..the Bible. Why is it that we want to be thought of as having read more widely than we have? I guess for the same reason we say we exercise more and eat less than we do- we feel its part of an ideal image of ourselves  we’d like to have. I guess that’s why those short bluffers guide to…sell so well! I  find that some books take two or even three readings to get the most out of- this is certainly true for the Bible whose hidden treasures take a lifetime to appreciate and reads like a never-ending quality drama and love story. It’s no surprise  that a trip to  Radio 4’s Desert Island Discs guarantees only two books- The Bible and the complete works of Shakespeare. That reminds me, I must read through King Lear again soon and prepare for what my daughters have in store for me over the next few years!

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  1. King Lear – a good play, better than a poke in the eye with a sharp stick, as the saying goes.

    War in Peace is excellent, but Tolstoy spoiled it with that pretentious end chapter.

    The Brothers Karamazov is much better.

    If only we could get more people to read the Bible…

    It is hard to understand British culture without a knowledge of the Bible.

    It is hard to understand why divorce was so frowned upon in Britain, until you know that Jesus said ‘But I tell you that anyone who divorces his wife, except for marital unfaithfulness, causes her to become an adulteress, and anyone who marries the divorced woman commits adultery.’

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