Wednesday, February 1, 2012

Multilection: the newest thing in text consumption!

So! Following on from my successful experience re-reading The Lord of the Rings, I have now also revisited Jane Austen's Persuasion. Actually, what happened was, I charged up my Kindle a few days before my flight, but when I got off the plane at Heathrow and took a seat to wait for my hotel shuttle, said Kindle was dead. I cannot tell you how displeased this made me. Luckily however I travel with a ridiculous number of gadgets and so was able to use the Kindle app on my iPad, where I found a languishing copy of Persuasion. (And now the Kindle has mysteriously stayed charged up despite every-other-day reading for the last couple of weeks. Hm.)

It's amazing, this business of reading something again that you've already read in the past! Who would have thought you could learn so much! For instance, did you know that Captain Wentworth's moody friend is called Captain Benwick and not Bentick? In all honesty, I'm still reading it as -tick in my mind. And none of the swoon-factor of Wentworth's letter (you know what I'm talking about) is lost by having read it before. Incredible!

I'm so thrilled with this completely new thing that I've just discovered that I've decided to give it a name:
(from multus, many, and lego, I read; of course). Yes indeed, I am really something to have discovered this thing and shared it with you, and I look forward to receiving your praise and admiration now.


  1. Multilection. Of course.

    Also, dude, I did not like Persuasion that much when I multilected it. The first time it was my favorite Austen, but now it's maybe third or fourth? Emma wins all the things.

  2. You're crazy. Admiral and Mrs. Croft (and all the navy people generally) are amazing and I want them to be my friends. Although Emma is also very good.

  3. I bestow on you all the praise and admiration.

    I have trouble with multilecting...because there are too many books that I still need to primolecto. For instance, I have yet to lecto Persuasion. But I *have* mulitlected Emma.

    None of that made any sense.