- Because they are genuinely great books that have stood the test of time.
- Because they have a reputation as serious, important books and we want to know everything in the entire universe ever.
- Because books like that are a challenge, and we feel like we've achieved something when we finish them.
- Because we're utter show offs, who want to boast that we've finished books other people see as intimidating.
Wednesday, 24 June 2009
A friend of mine has just finished Bertrand Russell's History of Western Philosophy, apparently for fun, and it has me asking a simple question (beyond the obvious "is he mad?"): Why do we sometimes get the urge to read big, serious books that we never otherwise would? Some possible reasons: