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Book Review: Rereadings

In Book Reviews on January 22, 2009 at 9:07 am

Seventeen Writers Revisit Books They Love Rereadings: Seventeen Writers Revisit Books They Love by Anne Fadiman

My review

rating: 3 of 5 stars
A great premise–revisiting books that you read when you were younger and comparing your reactions then and now–but many of the essays come across as heavy-duty literary criticism rather than anecdotal. I felt like I was in over my head most of the time, but I kept on reading anyway. In the end, I wasn’t sorry. It’s always enriching to read about why others love to read and what they’ve learned from their reading.

Some of the authors whose work is represented are: Jane Austen, Colette, Katherine Mansfield, D.H Lawrence, Joseph Conrad, J.D. Salinger, Walt Whitman, Evelyn Waugh and Hans Christian Anderson.

The book is short (238 pages) and doesn’t take much of your time and you can always skip the essays you don’t think you’d be interested in. So I would recommend it, especially if you are into literary criticism.

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