In defense of peeking

I'm sure this is some sort of book reader's Rorschach test, but I always read the end of a book first. It's not because of Harry in "When Harry Met Sally," who skipped to the end because he was worried about his mortality. I just don't want the distraction. I don't want the suspense. I don't want to be skimming paragraphs and pages, always straining to read ahead and see What. Comes. Next. I just want to take my time. And I'm not even talking about murder mysteries; I'm talking about Jhumpa Lahiri's "The Namesake"--do father and son reach some sort of detente? Or do we get to the last page with them never speaking? Or Dave Eggers' "You Shall Know Our Velocity"--does he end up dead in a ditch in Egypt? I'd just rather know. --Doug George On the other hand: You wouldn't want to mention this habit to " Harry Potter" author J.K. Rowling, who once told MSNBC, "I loathe people who say, 'I always read the ending of the book first.' That really irritates me. It's likes someone coming to dinner, just opening the fridge and eating pudding, while you're standing there still working on the starter." Then again, maybe that's another reason to read ahead. Frank Johnston, Associated Press
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