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A little too ambitious

I picked up the abridged version of Gibbon’s The Decline and Fall of the Roman Empire the other day, just for fun, from a friend’s bookshelf.

Then I borrowed Jane Austen’s Complete Novels (8 books in 1), and have read the first two in the last week.

I think perhaps I am a little bit crazy.


6 thoughts on “A little too ambitious

  1. HAHAHA! No way! Having multiple books going at once is definitely the way to go. I’ve got three of ’em going myself at the moment, plus all the reading that I do online. And besides that, Jane Austen is always a great read. 🙂

  2. I think without tv I’d be the same way. Actually, for a while I was without tv and did just that–read like a maniac. There’s so much good stuff out there!

  3. sholeh! i have all of austen’s novels, too! and i read all of them this past month. procrastination, thy name is leila!

    love from leila

    p.s. my apologies for the exclamation marks.

  4. “From his Beirut days until practically the end of his life Shoghi Effendi had the habit of writing vocabularies and typical English phrases in notebooks. Hundreds of words and sentences have been recorded and these clearly indicate the years of careful study he put into mastering a language he loved and revelled in. For him there was no second to English. He was a great reader of the King James version of the Bible, and of the historians Carlyle and Gibbon, whose styles he greatly admired, particularly that of Gibbon whose Decline and Fall of the Roman Empire Shoghi Effendi was so fond of that I never remember his not having a volume of it near him in his room and usually with him when he travelled.”

    (Ruhiyyih Khanum, The Guardian of the Baha’i Faith, p. 12)

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