Thursday, 21 May 2009
Booking Through Thursday-A Second First Time
What book would you love to be able to read again for the first time?
When I first saw this question I thought it would be really easy to answer, there are so many books I'd like to re-read, but then when it came to actually writing it, I drew a bit of a blank. Of course, there are lots of books I would like to re-read, so I thought it would be easy to just mention some of these. But then I realised that when I think of re-reading, it's a very different process to reading a book for the first time and having the suspense and excitement of not knowing what's going to happen next.
I think the first that springs to mind would be Tess of the D'urbervilles. I think I've mentioned a few times that I love this book, and even after many re-reads, I still read this and will Tess to make different choices, even though I know she doesn't, so I'd love to go back and read this fresh, and feel the sadness, despair and frustration I felt the first time.
Another one that I'd like to be coming to with a fresh mind is English Passengers by Matthew Kneale. This is another of my favourite books, and although I've re-read it and get pleasure from it, I'd like to feel the sense of not being able to put it down that I felt the first time I read it.