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Sweet Jane

Is it wrong to reread a book when there are so so many books I haven't read yet? Lately I have been in the mood for some Jane but have been resisting, telling myself that there are only so many reading hours in my life so I should be spending them on something new to me. But, what the hell? Maybe I should be spending them based on current whim, regardless of whether it is new or old. Actually, I feel no qualms about rereading if I am doing it aloud to someone else, but that doesn't come up much these days, sadly.

I started thinking about this again today since, during the free association that goes on during my lengthy drive in to work, I drew a blank on the title of Emma (and the name of the title character, too, obviously ;-) ), which bugged me. Of course, I was coming at it from a strange direction (Kate Beckinsdale), but still.

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tinyfellow
Dec. 13th, 2004 04:20 pm (UTC)
join the club, we got book jackets.

nothing wrong with re-visiting books, there´s always new aspects to discover if it´s a good one. stories affect you differently as experience rolls in.
noisyparker
Dec. 13th, 2004 05:44 pm (UTC)
join the club, we got book jackets.

heh... now there's a club I can join without second thoughts. ;-) Speaking of book jackets, have you ever seen the LIBRARY raid ensemble?

The experience difference was really brought home to me recently when I picked up copies of assigned books I had read in middle/high school from a used book sale. They were wasted on me at the time, I am afraid... I enjoyed them much better now. ;-)

BTW (tho this info will be of little use to one so far away as yourself), the book sale was the Pequot Library Book Sale, which I haven't missed for years now. This past year I even showed up on Friday afternoon, which is mighty hardcore for a cheapskate like myself.