Letter: Book club key to challenging read

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To the editor of THE EAGLE:

The recent excellent column by Ruth Bass ("Tough going in hearing prize novel") brought another Pulitzer Prize book to mind. Since mathematics, art, and music are important to me, it sounded like "Godel, Escher, Bach: the eternal golden braid" [by Douglas Hofstadter] would be right up my alley.

The picture of the sculpture on the cover is practically worth the price of the book alone. So I dug in, and discovered the most dense book I had ever read. My major was physics, and I have read the Bible, so that gives you an idea.

I started reading while I was working, but could not devote the time needed for every few sentences. Putting the book aside, I went back to it after retirement, and started a hard science book club. Purchasing more Bach CD’s and discussions with others made it possible to get through the very interesting book. I guarantee that the entire Pulitzer committee did not read that book!

P.S. -- the book club survives well over a decade later. There is a lot of very worthwhile science writing today.

DAVID S. MARTIN

Pittsfield

Glen Head, N.Y.


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