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I'm looking forward to trying The Silmarillion in the next few months. I read a little when I got Lyme Disease a year and a half ago, and could barely move. I ended up watching Lord of the Rings three times and skimming through some Tolkien.Currently I'm working my way through (once again) the Silmarillion by Tolkien. I'd just finished recently the Tales of Numenor and enjoyed it very much (although Turin's story gets...a bit dry after a while). The Silmarillion was the first book by Tolkien which I ever read, perhaps four or five years ago.
Sorry to hear you got struck with Lyme--I hope you're doing better~I'm looking forward to trying The Silmarillion in the next few months. I read a little when I got Lyme Disease a year and a half ago, and could barely move. I ended up watching Lord of the Rings three times and skimming through some Tolkien.
I'm very touched by how his love of the natural world and his experience in WWI influenced all this. Not to mention his love for his wife. One thing many of Tolkien's imitators lack is that personal investment in the story. He was influenced by very real, traumatic things, while they are only imitating him.
William Trevor - The Collected Stories
Used to be a big reader but I hardly read anymore, have too much trouble focusing. There's one book I've been referring to regularly, Victor Frankl's Man's search for meaning
What I like most about it is that the guy went through a horrific experience and converted it into constructive work, lessons learned, possible self-improvement. I'm very admirative of that and find that is a really strong survival example. It's like saying 'no matter what, I will find a way of calling the shots for myself'. So the book is kind of a lighthouse for meI've been curious to try that for awhile. What did you like about it?