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Today I finished 施蛰存’s short story 《残秋的下弦月》 and started 余华’s novella 《一九八六年》.

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Balthazar
On 2/3/2020 at 9:29 AM, murrayjames said:

Yesterday I finished 巴金’s novel 《寒夜》. It is not a great novel. The main character is indecisive and pathetic. The story is overlong and repetitive. The novel lacks the moral and emotional and existential depth that great tragedies have. So while the language is easy to read, I regret recommending the novel (sorry, @Balthazar!).

 

Don't worry about it, at my level being able to understand what's going on is much more important than the story itself being interesting. It's not like any of the graded readers I've mostly been reading up until now are great works of literature.

 

I'm only at chapter 2, but so far I agree that the language does seem a bit easier than huozhe (which I quot about 1/4 through, but definitely plan to come back to).

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PerpetualChange

Still slugging through 家 though I'm several hours in and only like 10%. It's a real slog, I just can't find much to connect with. The chapters are getting longer and longer too. It's getting easier to read as I go though so it feels like it would be a shame to abandon it now, though, 

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imron

If you have something else ready to go, there's also no harm in putting your current book down and starting on something else.

 

It's a judgement call as to when to do this for a book, and when to keep going.

 

If it was me, I would put it down if it got to the point where I was dreading, or otherwise putting off and procrastinating reading.

 

You can always come back to the book later once you are more comfortable reading novels and have a higher vocabulary.  The book has been around for a long time, and it not going anywhere.

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PerpetualChange

I've got like 5 books going simultaneously which might be part of the problem - not letting anything really sink in and have my full attention :P

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imron

English or Chinese or a mix?

 

If it's all Chinese, I'd drop back to focus on just a single one at a time.  The main reason is that you'll benefit from a single book by a single author having a narrower set of frequently used words that you don't know.  As you learn those words, it will make the rest of the book easier.

 

The same is true of each book individually, but when you are reading them all at once then you'll have 5 different sets of frequently used words, with maybe not so much overlap.   And so you'll encounter a larger number of unknown words, and that will make reading more laborious.

 

This problem will gradually go away, as you read more and increase your vocabulary, but when you first start reading books, the phenomenon will be very pronounced.

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david387

I'm reading a terror novel called 玛格丽特的秘密. Someone's old family home in China has an old artifact from France that dates back to the time when there were a lot of beheadings is going on, including with the guillotine, and there is a beuatiful evil spirit who has an interest in heads (头颅). The book starts out on April fool's day (愚人节) in 2005. If I finish this one it will be book number seven.

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PerpetualChange
11 hours ago, imron said:

If it's all Chinese, I'd drop back to focus on just a single one at a time.  The main reason is that you'll benefit from a single book by a single author having a narrower set of frequently used words that you don't know.  As you learn those words, it will make the rest of the book easier.

 

I'm reading several Chinese books/articles concurrently and one English book.

Ba Jin - Jia is the main project. Then my teacher gives me weekly homework, usually a few articles that come from elementary and high school texts, to read. Then I have been reading San Mao's articles occasionally. Then I have a novel or three on my phone that I just read to kill time - I try to keep these short and simple but sometimes they wind up causing to much effort and I just forget about it. Oh and then I'm reading a visual novel on Steam, so there's that too.

 

I think you're right that it would be best to just focus on one thing and make an effort to really focus on it though.

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imron

Homework doesn't count against reading.  Keep doing your homework.  Likewise, having an English novel going shouldn't have an impact because it's not introducing a large amount of unknown Chinese vocabulary.

 

For the others I'd probably drop back and just focus on one of them - the visual novel, the San Mao articles, a novel on your phone, or 家.  As your reading skill and vocabulary improves, you can branch out in to multiple texts at once, but when you're just starting out with longer texts you'll have an easier time and make more progress by focusing on one thing at a time.

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