Monday, 24 August 2009

The Curious Case of Re-Reading

I am currently rereading 'The Stone Gods' by Jeanette Winterson as a treat after the disappointment of 'Pride and Prejudice and Zombies' (very tiresome after a while, and overhyped). As soon as I read 'The Stone Gods' last year (or was it the year before), I knew I would find myself rereading this great book at some point. It reminds me of 'Brave New World' with a future concerned about Pleasure. I also like the way Winterson's sentences tickle the tongue.

I used to be against rereading - why would people want to revisit a book when there are so many?

But now I am for rereading. You can go back and delve deeper into the text, you can find more layers, get more enjoyment, even understand the story more. I find it useful as a writer to look at their techniques. rereading, to me, is about slowing down and taking the time to consider each word.

Over at the Guardian website, there is an article entitled 'Why re-reading is a crime.' The author believes rereading is for people who are narrow minded, dim, makes other people feel insecure. My initial reaction was a very loud TUT. followed by a shake of the head.

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