The frenzy of Orlando, the romantic epic is not exactly light distraction. When I start a project I have usually finished my readings in that genre so any reading done during work is usually worlds apart. I have wandered into reading certain works for the strangest of reasons, Orlando because I was intrigued by the title. Another, The Decameron was because of a Pier Paolo Pasolini movie I saw on late night TV. It engaged me enough to seek out the original works. Sir Gawain and the Green Knight was fascinating, though I did read a translation and do further research into the myth. The Divine Comedy by Dante Alighieri is something I will never finish reading because I discover something else every time I pick it up. I really have no explanation as to why I would pursue difficult, hard to decipher works except for the reason of curiosity. I wanted to know about them, but due to translations and various opinions I probably will never get an accurate picture. So I will settle for enjoying grand epics of love, disaster, courage and betrayal.