The Incongruity of Hastening Slowly

A little background.  I first stumbled across the “Hypnerotomachia Poliphili” when I was in high school.  It was used as a plot device in “The Rule of Four” by Ian Caldwell and Dustin Thomason (think what “The Last Supper” was in “The DaVinci Code” only better) and although I knew that much of what they wrote about the book was fictional I was overjoyed to discover that such a weird and mysterious book did actually exist.  Even better Jocelyn Godwin had recently finished the first English translation, which had been published to coincide with the 500th anniversary of the book’s original printing in 1499.  I was thrilled!  I lived in a smaller town without many bookstores but there was this new website called “Amazon” that I had heard radio ads for (yes, none of those things were all that long ago).  The “Hypnerotomachia” would be the first book I’d order online and I eagerly awaited its arrival.  When it was finally delivered I unpacked that box like I was Indiana Jones revealing the Ark of the Covenant.  I removed the dust jacket, opened the front cover, started to read, and…

Holy crap, this is the most boring book ever written.
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