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A Reading Vocation

"I Must Read, Read, and Read. It is my Vocation." - Thomas Merton

This is where I chronicle my reading life.  I also blog about writing at Lacey's Late-night Editing.


Book 25/100: House of Incest by Anais Nin

House of Incest - Anaïs Nin, Val Telberg

Around the Year Reading Challenge Item #8: A Classic Book with Less than 200 Pages

I don't remember what made me want to read this book in the first place; I just remember having a vague sense about 10 years ago that I should read some Anais Nin. So, now I have!

And I'm not quite sure what to make of it. Not the writing itself -- Nin's writing is evocative and gorgeous. I'm just not sure about the use to which it was put here. What DID I just read a couple weeks ago? A prose poem? A novella? A lot of intriguing imagery, but mostly it was like reading a dream. I didn't feel up for diving in to a full analysis to make it make sense. Instead, it just made me want to read some of Nin's journals -- to have that same talented writer's voice applied to something that I might actually be able to understand.