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Compulsive Reads

There are some books that you compulsively read, that catch your attention and make you erad till the last page, the last line. Even when you want to tear away from it. When you dont want to remember you started reading it. Books like these are either grimly written or are about grim subjects. Sometimes they can be extremely sweet live stories with something not quite right. Books like these tell you what may be the truth somewhere which you cannot comprehend.
Stories about people, events, which might not happen to you but which draw you in, like the spiders web aruond the living fly.
The writers manage to engage your attention. It may be that the writing style is so definitive, so distinctive, that you cannot help but get mesmerised. The reader becomes a compulsive page turner. In some cases the readers leave the book half read. However, here, it becomes difficult. REading becomes a necessity, like a slow addiction. A need to be fulfilled. A need that may not be quite enjoyed, but a need nevertheless.
Sometimes the story may become gripping in its own way. That being, nothing really happening in it. A book being a faithful mirror of non-activity. The compulsion then is to read the end, and to know how the end makes sense - by reading the rest of the book.
In some even rarer occurences, the story becomes interesting. You really dont go for the authors style or inactivity of the book, but you become interested in the story. However, the story is something you rather not know. It is an assault on yoru senses. Something totally radically new, presented in a way which makes it difficult for you to accept it. And yet, makes you glued to it. You want to read it to know what happens next. What such a situation is like, and at the same time await the last page eagerly.

Finishing such books is a relief of sorts. A task accomplished. A curiosity fulfilled. A book that usually does not leave you with a view of 'good' or 'bad'. It is rather, an 'interesting' book, or an interesting writer.

Irresistible books, I am sure most adventurous book readers have read them. One of my firsts was The Great Gatsby. Irresistible. A mirror.
And then there came many. God of Small Things and Jhumpa Lahiri being some of the prominent ones.
However, the first time I came to share the experience was with a book my ex-flatmate V had got - by an Indian author, it was dark, mysterious, vengeful and depressing. Something all three of us (M, V and me) wanted to read, yet not read. Yet i cannot remember the name of it now. Something about 'Dusk'...ah! 'Last Song of Dusk'.

Even as I read 'The Sopranos' by Alan warner, I get drawn back into the same cycle.

One thing is definetely true about them all. They are well-acclaimed books, underlining their compulsive readability.

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(Anonymous)
23rd Aug, 2006 16:24 (UTC)
Ya JM..
Last Song of Dusk!! The book was so depressing...just wanted to finish it and get over with it.
Had experienced compulsive reading for the first time with "Far from the Madding Crowd". Don't remember the story now. But I had to finish it even though I found it extremely boring. Finished it in 3 months I think.
sashdude
4th Oct, 2006 12:27 (UTC)
my earliest
recollection of such a page turner was biggles in the orient by cptain w e johns, i was about 10 years old and i had my quarterly exams on, but i couldnt stop reading, my mum hid the book when she saw me reading under the blanket with a torch!(sounds familiar dippy? ;) )
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