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Novels, I love ’em. We gotta go to the library next week and see what they have in the discards. We’re almost out of books!

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Now, now.  There is plenty of technically-oriented stuff on the internet to read for free and, as you know, I love that.

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Technical, schmechnical! is all I have to say. It’s all good and fine but a only a novel can tell certain truths without offending half the population.  And some soar to wonderful heights in their storytelling.

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Well, that is true, though some have been banned in the past. I assume you are not referring to fantasy and such ilk?

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Nah, the real novels. Why the first modern novel was written in Japan in the 1100’s (The Tale of Genji), China has four or five (4!!! or 5!!!!) great, classical novels from, oh, 1300 something to 1700 something; Water Margin, Romance of the Three Kingdoms, Journey To The West and Dream Of The Red Chamber (also The Golden Lotus which is alternately titled The Plum In The Golden Vase).

Western Europe has Don Quixote as their first modern novel. But after that Western novels exploded and Chinese novels did not. Sadly, not so much.

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Well, we’ve seen movies based on Journey To The West but no others, as far as we know. Maybe we can find something on the internet, somewhere. Hmmmm (thinking, thinking).

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Well, all we can say is READ A BOOK or READ SOMETHING DIGITAL, for goodness sake. We mean, well, you know. Internetty stuff is good and fine too.

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Right, although it’s nice to actually turn a page, even knowing the only logical source of books in our nearly post- cheap resource world is digital downloads

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Also, we don’t actually own any books, we just borrow them for a while.

🙂

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