Reading Process In Disgrace

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1. Introduction
Many guidelines have been published that provide help to read faster. For students of literary studies, who in a minimum of time have to read a specific number of works, it is advisable to read fast without missing important facts to subsequently be able to understand and work with the novel. The generalisation of one reading process is impossible because everyone reads different. Some suggestions, which reading guidelines offer, can nevertheless help to improve the reading process when properly adapted.
Wolfgang Schmitz wrote a reading guideline Schneller Lesen – Besser Verstehen, which should help to improve and accelerate the reading process. The target group, however, corresponds to the group of lawyers, financers and businessmen,
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Disgrace by J.M. Coetzee
Disgrace by John Maxwell Coetzee can be classed with the group of relatively short novels compared to longer novels. In the Vintage2 edition it has 220 pages. The appearance of a novel differently influences the reader’s approach. A book can be as short as Disgrace but if the topic is uninteresting, difficulty written, or very prosaic, it will have an impact on the reader that slows him or her down.
To have little background information can be of advantage for reading a book but it is not essential. Coetzee, a South African author, for example, wrote Disgrace, and the story of the novel takes place in the same country. To know that South Africa was affected by the racial segregation of the Apartheid in the past, which still cause trouble in the present, is advantageous to understand occurrences in the novel. To, hence, keep background information in mind helps to maintain the reading pace. The reader, namely, does not have to think twice about an event or aspect in the story. The novel is therefore not only read at its surface but in-depth reading is
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A reading experience cannot be experienced a second time and the reading is dependent on the reader himself/herself. To let a certain reading experience revive is not possible because something that was felt during the first reading can be different in the second, because the surrounding differs and the reader’s age changes. Furthermore the reader already knows the story’s end, which changes the way of reading sentences, paragraph or even the whole book. The reading experience will never be the same.
Different things regulate the pace of reading. The author’s writing and the book’s semblance influence the reading experience. Whereas short sentences and clauses, alliterations, punctuations, and enumerations are characteristic of Coetzee’s writing that accelerate the reading pace of his novel Disgrace, repetitions, similes and flashbacks are aspects that decelerate the reading process. Reasons for reading are different. Some either read for fun, for education, to stimulate their fantasy, or to become tired. All reasons regulate the pace of reading.
The reading pace is, nevertheless, bound to be subjective and differs from reader to reader. A generalisation of one particular reading pace, that can be mathematically derivated, is impossible, because various aspects matter and result in individual reading

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