1st stage: The first chapter is utter gibberish. Every third word is completely made up/borrowed from a foreign language with an infinite set of unknowable signifieds.
2nd stage: repetition of gibberish. Starting to notice patterns in vocabulary.
3rd stage: have now completely sorted out parts of speech: no longer mistaking adjectives for nouns.
4th stage: theorist sounds remarkably like this other theorist which can’t possibly be either coincidental, or actually true. Wonder if the key was in chapter 1…
5th stage: found a completely parsable sentence.
6th stage: returned from eating a meal to find you’re back at stage 3.
7th stage: found two parsable sentences in a row, and then started thinking about chocolate ice cream as your eye scanned the page. Return to the beginning of the chapter.
8th stage: think you might actually have the hang of this.
9th stage: halfway through the book and it’s already taken you four times longer than anticipated. You put it down, and promise yourself you’ll finish it after you read this other theorist…