No Pressure

I spent much of the day making further inroads into

Including a few pages of notes this small print browned almost 1,000 pages paperback has laid on my shelves for 50 years because I found it daunting to begin.

How wrong I was. Two days ago I opened it in earnest. Racing through it today I realised that if I averaged 50 leaves a day it would take 20 days uninterrupted reading to reach the end. I have now reached p119, so I will aim for this. I won’t regard it as a deadline because I don’t need the pressure. The book will carry me along and I will only pause when it tells me I need a break. Let us see how it goes.

This evening we all dined on Jackie’s lemon chicken, savoury rice, and tender green beans with which she drank Hoegaarden and I drank M&S Côtes du Rhône Villages 2022.


  1. I remember this! It won the Nobel Prize about 1918 (although Galsworthy was in there similar year so I get confused). We were in Sweden and learned all about it long long ago–and I still never finished it, still pretend I will some day. I think mine has been on the shelf maybe 40 years as well–

  2. Mmm, a delicious dinner! Honestly, I just don’t have the patience to sit down and read any book unless it’s about science fiction or something technical about cameras and ham radio.

  3. I’ve never undertaken reading a book that long Derrick, I think my fragile ability toto concentrate on the plot would be beyond me …

  4. There are a few books that have taken me a year or more to read. (while also reading other books.) They become more a part of my life that way. Interesting cover!

  5. The fierce woman on the cover is enough to scare anyone! Well done for tackling the book at last. I wonder if you remember why you bought it in the first place?

    1. Yes. It received such a marvellous review in the newspapers, which was the way I selected my books at the time. Thanks very much Anne

  6. My eyesight does’t permit me to tackle lengthy books though this one seems intriguing. Let us know what you think when you have finished reading it.

  7. Well, there. Now I do not feel nearly so guilty for letting books languish on my shelves unread. Also, this looks like one I should acquire and read! Or, at the very least add it to my Amazon Wish List. 🙂

  8. That’s a heck of a lot of pages. It’s funny, the older I get, the more I like to read shorter novels, and have even developed a great affection for novellas. Good luck with that behemoth.

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