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Possession I was no longer alone.  In a sense, I hadn’t been alone since the summer of 1991 when I first read Catcher in the Rye.  And I had been even less alone after reading High Fidelity in the winter of 2000.  In Holden Caulfield’s loneliness, isolation and the thought by the rest of the world that he was more than a little insane and Rob Fleming’s obsessiveness about his past relationships, especially in the manner of defining his life in lists, I had found myself in literature (you are reading this in a list of Top 100 Novels, after all).  But then there was Roland Michell, trapped in his life of academic bleakness, desperately wanting to be important in the world and knowing, when there is a meeting of the minds, that he is not.  In his romanticism, his love of literature and the feel of archives and libraries, in his desperate desire to figure out who he was long into adulthood I saw more than an echo of myself.  When you read, late in the novel, “Roland was so used to the pervasive sense of failure that he was unprepared for the blood-rush of success,” you can find how I have felt in those few and far between moments where things seem like they truly work.  But most days I feel like the failed scholar, much like Blackadder, who at least has steady work to keep him going through his life: “Leavis did to Blackadder what he did to serious students: he showed him the terrible, the magnificent importance and urgency of English literature and simultaneously deprived him of any confidence in his own capacity to contribute to or change it.”
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