[Updated : FLASHBACK CHALLENGE website is HERE!! 🙂 Buttons maybe sometime later. ]
I’m challenging myself in 2010 to re-read a few books.
I never re-read books!
So. Since Jenny seemed so upset to hear this, I decided I needed to try this strange experience with more study. Besides, somebody somewhere said to really read a book, it must be in the second or third time. (I’ll go look up that quote – I’m butchering it, I’m sure. I think it was Nabokov.)
Here’s my list:
Mrs. Dalloway / Virginia Woolf
Wind, Sand and Stars – Antoine de Saint-Exupéry (my review of reading it the first time)
Are You There God? It’s Me, Margaret / Judy Blume
Jane Eyre – because I feel like I’m lying when I say I’ve read this but surely. Surely! I did read this already, right? maybe not. I can’t really remember. I know I know the story, so let’s see if I can get through a ‘read’.
and… after finding out about a LOTR challenge, I’m considering diving into The Hobbit.
“Curiously enough, one cannot read a book: one can only reread it. A good reader, a major reader, an active and creative reader is a rereader. And I shall tell you why. When we read a book for the first time the very process of laboriously moving our eyes from left to right, line after line, page after page, this complicated physical work upon the book, the very process of learning in terms of space and time what the book is about, this stands between us and artistic appreciation. When we look at a painting we do not have to move our eyes in a special way even if, as in a book, the picture contains elements of depth and development. The element of time does not really enter in a first contact with a painting. In reading a book, we must have time to acquaint ourselves with it. We have no physical organ (as we have the eye in regard to a painting) that takes in the whole picture and then can enjoy its details. But at a second, or third, or fourth reading we do, in a sense, behave towards a book as we do towards a painting.”
-Nabokov’s Lecture on Literature
and another quote for you entertainment:
“Tell me what you read and I’ll tell you who you are” is true enough, but I’d know you better if you told me what you reread. ”
— François Mauriac
Yea, I don’t think Frank would bother getting to know me very well.
The official Challenge site offers up a few levels to commit to (My FIVE books fits into the Scholar level) and also suggests re-reading books from various time periods of your life: childhood (AYTGIMM – first read in 1976 of 1977), high school (Jane Eyre – early 80’s), adulthood (Mrs. Dalloway – 2002 when I was prepping for the full The Hours movie experience).