Tuesday, April 03, 2012

(Personal) Kindle update

I still haven't used my Kindle again, but I'm off to Berlin for Easter and I've downloaded in readiness the novel we're reading for the next reading group: John Banville's Book of Evidence. I also downloaded The Great Gatsby, as, although we already had a copy in the house, my partner and I and a friend are re-reading it simultaneously to discuss it.

Well, my partner was ready to read the Banville before me, so, never having even held a Kindle before, he tried it on mine. He didn't like the experience much, and he hated the book, and was left wondering if the problem was the medium. That was it for Kindles as far as he was concerned...

But then I was hogging our print copy of Gatsby, a book we both love, and he turned back to the Kindle. Guess what, he now loves Kindles!!! He's going to get one himself!

Well, I have always said it's the words, not the format/medium...

3 comments:

Anonymous said...

This is nothing to do with Kindle but Gatsby. I haven't read it since I was a lot younger, but it lives in my mind as the closest thing to a perfect novel. The content is, if I remember rightly, more subversive than Fitzgerald's reputation would have us believe possible; and those sentences...

I'd be interested to know what you make of it...

Elizabeth Baines said...

Absolutely agree, Charlie. It's probably my favourite novel, and the more we three read and discuss it the greater and subtler we are finding it to be...

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