Day: June 4, 2018

Reading Progress: Making my way through difficult books

I am currently reading two challenging books that are not fiction 「在日」by 姜尚中 (カン・サンジュン) and 「朝鮮の開国と日清戦争」by 渡辺装機 (わたなべそうき). While reading these difficult books, I visualised myself trying to hold on to some kind of imaginary comprehension line. To me, this comprehension line is the point where you go from darkness to light. It is also the point from which I can go on reading the book because I understand enough to keep going. When I find myself completely under the line, this means that I picked a book too difficult for me and reading it is more painful than anything. On the contrary, when I feel like I am high above the line, I am reading an easy book and can fully enjoy what I read. This is the point when the thought “I am reading this author” becomes stronger than the thought “I am reading in Japanese”, if it makes sense. I feel that every book comes with a starting cursor that corresponds to the degree of comprehension I have of it without making …