The Savage Detectives [Los detectives salvajes]
Natasha Wimmer, translator
I feel I am a poor reader really, a bad reader. I read for plot, for the story—not so bad except I read quickly, skipping over lines, sentences, words, going back because I lost the strand of meaning. Shakespeare corrects me in this; I cannot go so fast, a forced lesson in close reading, in slowing down. I do not know what makes some books great, why they are praised. I enjoy books, I am predisposed to enjoy them, always expecting to enjoy them, so I am not bothered, usually, by the «great» books or «difficult» books; they are books, I will like them, and then I will move on.
Sometimes I think I am becoming a better reader. I read recently a book, one I should have enjoyed, would have enjoyed in the past, but I…
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