As I am reading All the King's Men I am so aware of its many different levels. There is the plot level; the plot within the plot; the characters and their personalities; the lush writing; the philosophy; the sense of place; and most of all the range of intellect, imagination, and endurance that it took for Robert Penn Warren to craft such a piece of work.
I know that I am missing some of the wonder of each of the above as I read and my mind wanders from level to level. And then I think, 'Oh, I will have to reread this book,' or 'I wish I could just sit and read this book in one fell swoop and not be jerked in and out of Warren's world.'
And now, back to the reading chair.