We read...

To know we are not alone. ~C.S. Lewis~

Monday, May 11, 2009

second verse, same as the first.

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Musing Monday is a weekly meme hosted by Becca of Just One More Page. Pop over and read lots of interesting comments & post your own.

This week Back –to-the-Beginning-Becca asks…

Have you ever finished a book, then turned around and immediately re-read it? Why? What book(s)? (question courtesy of MizB)

I don’t do this as often with books as with movies, I just couldn’t wait to see The Sixth Sense again to check for incongruence and logic flaws. There are many books once read I know I’ll return to again; LOTR, Lymond, TKOMB, Stewart’s Merlin cycle to name a few but I don’t think I’ve ever fronted up straight away to re-read a whole book.

For uni I would finish a book and immediately return to the first chapter and other key chapters that I needed to understand for a Tut discussion or essay. And for my own grasp of the story I have sometimes stopped and gone back to re-read for clarity. I had to do this with The God of Small things. The opening chapter is very clever but you only realise that as you go along. I found re-reading this whilst in the midst of the experience enhanced it greatly. Also the second time through I made out a family tree as I was struggling to keep all the unusual names in my head. I am really looking forward to talking this book through with my bookclub (I LOVE by bookclub!)

And I have to agree with Becca I too went back to re-read parts of The Bokktheif straight away but that was mainly because I wasn’t ready to say goodbye to that particular book.

p.s. dear Guru live writer is the gun.

8 comments:

gautami tripathy said...

I don't do a turn around now. But I used to!

doing a turn around

Bluestocking said...

I do it frequently.

Here is mine

Rebecca said...

I thought you'd say Book Theif. And I did the same with The Sixth Sense, I loved that movie.

Yvonne said...

I rarely re-read. Mainly because I have so many to read through just once.

Nise' said...

Don't do it with books, but I do with movies too. I watch the movie and then re-watch it with the commentary turned on.

madbibliophile said...

I love the Book Thief. Amazing! And so original.

mattviews said...

Other than my ultimate favorites, it happens only when I don’t understand what I’m reading.

I have aborted The God of Small Things twice already. I should keep trying...or maybe I should wait until I'm really in a mood to let it get to me

Robin of My Two Blessings said...

Movies yes, books, not so much except for Nora Roberts. I love reading her series over again. The sixth sense - that's a good one. I wanted to watch that one over and over again.