Muse Media: Books and David Mitchell

 #Muse Media:Books and David Mitchell

#Muse Media is a series of  short posts, looking for our muse by mixing prose with other media.  If this was in the form of a Haiku with an image, it might be called a Haiga. For the moment  let’s enjoy the prose of some wonderful authors.

reading on a ledge

reading on a ledge (Photo credit: glenn~)

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“Books don’t offer real escape, but they can stop a mind scratching itself raw.” 
David MitchellCloud Atlas

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Lots of people read books to escape, and depending on the novel it can be more and less successful. But the authors prose is what will determine how engrossed or not you become.

Why do you read books?

What do you read?

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David Stephen Mitchell (born 12 January 1969) is an English novelist. He has written five novels, two of which, number9dream (2001) and Cloud Atlas (2004), were shortlisted for the Booker Prize. He has lived in Italy, Japan and Ireland. Cloud Atlas has been recently adapted as a film. See the video below.

 

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  1. Love the idea of mixing medias – I will follow this with interest. Thanks also for sharing the David Mitchell quote…

  2. I usually don’t read escapist type books, although I used to as a teen. I read a lot of history books. Lately, I’ve been reading birding books. A few years ago I read gardening books (and now I know about many plants in our area). I would say I read to relax and as a way to relate to others. Love discussing a good book!
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    • I never used to read escapist books myself until I had more time to read. Now I like to mix it up a bit. I think I definitely read to relax, but when you mention history books, I tend to read those in doing research for my own writing, but I enjoy them so much. I like serious historical novels too, or novels set in a culture I’m not familiar with. I suppose I enjoy the learning process as well as relaxation. How fantastic you know all the plants in your area – maybe the same will be true of the birds soon. Thanks so much for your comment. 🙂
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  3. I also tend to mix things up when I read. Sometimes it’s fiction. Sometimes nonfiction. Nonfiction not only gives me an escape, but it also sparks my imagination. I am a fan of sci-fi so when I escape that’s where I go. Sci-fi sparks my imagination so that’s a side benefit.
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    • It’s interesting how non-fiction and fiction can give you the same kind of satisfaction and inspiration. I don’t know why I don’t read more sci-fi, because when it’s good , it’s really good. Any good sci-fi authors or SF site suggestions? Thanks Cherryl.
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  4. Where would we be without books! I don’t read fiction. Most of my reading is memoirs, and much of it is travel-related. I live and breath a lust for travel and it filters into everything I do. My very essence. Books about travel light the fire to explore new places, experience new cultures, meet exciting new people. Without that, I would just be a girl from the Canadian Prairies. Now, I am gal who lives in the Canadian Prairies, but who calls the world my home.
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  5. Your last sentence is fantastic quote Doreen – I hope you’re using it somewhere! You are only the second person I know who loves reading, but rarely reads fiction. It’s so interesting how we all find our ‘escape’ or fulfillment in so many different styles, whatever the book. Thanks so much for the comment.
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  6. Truly love the David Mitchell quote. I must agree even with my somewhat limited book readings at this stage of my life.
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    • So glad you loved the quote. He is such a great author I have to say, and I’m just about to re-read Cloud Atlas. I think I would say reading can go further than ‘stopping a mind scratching itself raw’ but it does depend on the work. Thanks so much for your comment.
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  7. I love that David Mitchell quote. Quite often when I write, I will have a picture that evokes the feelings or the seen I am working through. This is especially true when I am working through fiction.

    My readings tend to rotate within both fiction and non fiction. More specifically sci fi and fantasy, and then beer related (obviously) but I have also been gathering quite a bit of gardening lately.
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    • It really is a great quote – so glad I found it. I like to have a balance of what I read now too, and I think between fiction & non-fiction is a good one. You’re prob. one of the few who can say they read books about beer!. But hey – you’re the expert. Gardening seems like a natural balance in there actually. Thanks so much for your comment:-)
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  8. A.K. reading is how I get by in life. Always has been and always will be:-)

    At the moment I’m reading Cicero a lot as well as various biographies of Caesar, including Suetonius. Am getting quite a bit of an expert:-)

    Stopped reading one biography since it didn’t mention that it’s quite likely that Brutus was Caesar’s son. Caesar hence said “Even you my child” and not like most often reported “Even you Brutus”. And the book in question is written by a professor of history of one ot the top universities in Europe. As much as I love simplicity, when you analyse historical events you can not generalise.
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    • I’ve never read any biographies from the Roman era, but I can only imagine they’re fascinating. But much as I love it, history is a real tricky subject in that it changes with who is telling the story. V. disappointing to have a reputable prof. not take the , presumably now accepted line, of Brutus being Caesar’s son. That snippet in itself is fantastic Catarina. I do think there is some rewriting history that can be done, and has been done, for example in areas such as women in art, slavery etc. But going so far back must be even harder to get any accuracy, or consensus. Really interesting comment. Thank you.
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  9. I love this quote and the beautiful photograph that accompanies it. Reading a book is akin to flying on a magic carpet, getting drawn into the author’s world, experiencing what the characters are experiencing, pondering over open issues….I could go on and on. But then, I love books!
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  10. I love the combination of the quote and image. it says so much with so little. 🙂

    Gosh, that’s a hard one for me to answer. I love to read so may different venues that I’m not sure how to categorized my reading style. What I can say is I do love to read anything that is well crafted and well written. 🙂
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    • I’ve been pleasantly surprised how these simple posts have generated the most interesting comments of all my posts, so I’ll definitely keep them up – not exclusively of course. But I think because most people reading this site all love books, then it touches a nerve and does make people think. I know what you mean about trying to categorize what kind of books you like. At one point I only ever read literary fiction, but now I read all kinds of different genres. So anything that is well crafted & well written is a good way to sum it up. Always good to see you Susan:-)
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  11. Too often I read out of a sense of obligation, plus it’s hard for me to simply stop a book I’m not utterly engrossed in. The irony is that bad habit then slows down my reading process. However, every so often, a book comes along that totally engrosses me, and then the search continues for my next fix.
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    • That’s really a shame you’re having to read out of a sense of obligation at the moment. I used to be the same about stopping reading a book that I’d already read say 50 or even 100 pages of, especially when I was trying to have my books per year total be high. I still count the number of books I read & note them, but no longer read things I’m not enjoying. As you say it just slows the whole process down. But finding a good book? -wow there’s nothing like it. Good to see you Jeri:-))
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    • Hi Jeri- That’s really a shame you’re having to read out of a sense of obligation at the moment. I used to be the same about stopping reading a book that I’d already read say 50 or even 100 pages of, especially when I was trying to have my books per year total be high. I still count the number of books I read & note them, but no longer read things I’m not enjoying. As you say it just slows the whole process down. But finding a good book? -wow there’s nothing like it. Good to see you here as always:-))
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  12. I read books for a multitude of reasons. Mainly though it is to learn and to escape 🙂
    I love that picture by the way!
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