The Greatness of Slow (A Reading Progress Update)

The First Person and Other Stories - Ali Smith

Awesomeness that requires slow reading. Loving it.

 

I was kept up past my bedtime last night because I could not put the book down. I started the story "Fidelio and Bess" which intertwines Beethoven's opera with Porgy and Bess and the story of two lovers in the here and now.

 

You know you are enslaved by brilliant writing when you pick up on the references and read the re-telling of both stories in Smith's adaptation, and all the while the soundtrack of both Fidelio and Porgy and Bess are accompanying the words you read - and it is all in your head!

 

Such is the power!