A Conversation for 'Ben Hur', the Condensed Version

I'm grateful to be proven not hopeless

Post 1

paulh, hiding under my bed

"If this extract from Ben Hur has not convinced you that you'd rather do almost anything but read this novel, you're hopeless."

So Ben-Hur's mother was a leper who was cured by Jesus?smiley - wow So the three Magi lived long enough after the manger scene to witness Jesus crucifixion? That's pushing the limits of credibility.

I admit that it's prudent to learn from history (or at last try), but I notice that putting historical material into the mix of contemporary items in the Post runs up against my expectation that what I will read is as contemporary as the other items. I tend to race through what I read, which is my problem, of course....

I checked on the 100 greatest novels website (top-heavy with 19th century warhorses), and found about two dozen titles I had already read. The ones I haven't read will probably stay unread, even in condensed form.

But if you wish to list some more condensed versions, I will be happy to read the condensations. smiley - smiley

I'm grateful to be proven not hopeless

Post 2

Dmitri Gheorgheni - Post Editor

Your 'expectation' is totally unjustified. smiley - laugh The h2g2 Post has been running historical material as a public service for about the last decade, or about half of its existence. smiley - winkeye

If this is the first time you've noticed, it may explain why that copy of 'Captain Billy's Whizz-Bang' that you ordered never arrived.

I'm grateful to be proven not hopeless

Post 3

paulh, hiding under my bed

No, it's not the first time I noticed. You can probably remember times when I have not been confused at all. As I mentioned in the subject line, I'm not totally hopeless. I just try to read too fast, that's all. As if it's a minute to midnight (figuratively speaking), and I'm not sure if I will make it to the end of what I'm reading.

I still buy green bananas, but maybe some day I will even stop doing that. (This is figurative as well. smiley - winkeye.)

I'm grateful to be proven not hopeless

Post 4

paulh, hiding under my bed

I have to confess, though, that I am a fan of barbershop renditions of songs that were popular more than 100 years ago. The barbershop link near the top of my Personal space contains a lot of them. And, I am fond of a century other than the 20th or 21st, though it is the 18th.

I didn't mean to seem hard on anyone for not covering contemporary concerns.

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