Towards the end of 2018, I was intrigued to read of a stabbing in Antarctica, the first such attack ever recorded on that continent. And it was all because of books. The event occurred at a remote Russian research station, Bellingshausen Base on St George’s Island, pictured above, where the scientists had lots of time for reading.
Evidently, one man kept insisting on telling his colleague the ending of the books he’d just started and, in rage and frustration, the poor reader plunged a knife into the other man (not fatally, I hasten to add). He now has plenty of reading time in prison, where it is to be hoped no one will dare to tell him how a book from the prison library ends. I must admit that the stabber has my sympathy. Few things are so annoying as to have the story ruined for you by someone who cannot resist informing you how the tale concludes.
Or perhaps you are one of those readers who likes to know how things finish before beginning the book? One of my friends always takes a peek at the final pages to make sure all ends happily, as she detests sad books. She swears her enjoyment of the novel is not spoiled by doing this. I much prefer the anticipation and thrill of reading through the pages before I know the conclusion. Do you have ‘friends’ who insist on telling you the ending? Would you also be tempted to snatch up a knife? If you were the judge, how long a sentence would you give that frustrated reader in Antarctica?
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