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Rereadings (2005)

de Anne Fadiman (Editor)

Outros autores: Katherine Ashenburg (Contribuinte), Sven Birkerts (Contribuinte), Allegra Goodman (Contribuinte), Vivian Gornick (Contribuinte), Patricia Hampl (Contribuinte)12 mais, Pico Iyer (Contribuinte), Jamie James (Contribuinte), Diana Kappel-Smith (Contribuinte), Arthur Krystal (Contribuinte), Phillip Lopate (Contribuinte), David Michaelis (Contribuinte), David Samuels (Contribuinte), Luc Sante (Contribuinte), Vijay Seshadri (Contribuinte), Barbara Sjoholm (Contribuinte), Evelyn Toynton (Contribuinte), Michael Upchurch (Contribuinte)

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Answering the question "is a book the same the second time around?" this collection of essays includes contributions from Sven Krkerts, Allegra Goodman, Vivian Gornick, Patricia Hampl, Phillip Lopate, and Luc Sante, among others.

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A collection of essays by various people (no one that rang a bell for me) on rereading a book - a different one for each person and essay. Some of the essays were very enjoyable, most frequently the ones about books I've read and enjoyed, or books that sounded interesting to read later. Some confirmed me in my intention of _not_ reading the featured book. And some kind of slid by, either the subject or the opinions finding no resonance with me (though clearly the language used has affected me - not unusual). I prefer Fadiman's own essays, but there were some enjoyable bits here; I might dip back in sometime, though I don't think I'll read it through again. ( )
  jjmcgaffey | Jul 21, 2023 |
The subtitle "Seventeen Writers Revisit Books They Love" aptly describes the essay collection edited by Anne Fadiman (author of Ex Libris . None of these essays are by her).

Although all are well-written, a few essays were winning; some left me "meh", and some I'm sure I've already forgotten. Still, this is about books and the love of reading. Except for the essay by David Michaelis about the Beatles' Sgt Pepper album (shrugs). ( )
  ValerieAndBooks | Sep 6, 2017 |
As most serious readers have discovered, rereading a book (including a favorite from a younger age) can be an enlightening experience -- and sometimes, a disappointing one. That's because it's not "the same book" the second or third time around. There's an old saying that "You don't read a book; the book reads you." And so, a reader's reactions to a given work of fiction depends on what he/she brings to the reading of it -- including age and life experiences.

The idea behind Anne Fadiman's "Rereadings" is intriguing. Seventeen contributors (chiefly published authors themselves) "revisit books they love" -- reflecting on their early reactions, as compared to their more mature ones. The works explored range widely in nature and accessibility. Among the best-known classics are "Pride and Prejudice" (explored by Allegra Goodman), "Lord Jim" (considered by Jamie James), and "Brideshead Revisited" (by Evelyn Toynton). Others will be known to very few readers (such as Katherine Mansfield's "Journal" and "Letters," and Collette's novels). Still others are unexpectedly eclectic (Hans Christian Anderson's "The Snow Queen"; Boylston's "The Sue Barton Books"; Peterson's "A Field Guide to Wildflowers"; and the record jacket for the Beatles' album "Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band.")

While I loved the idea behind this book, I mainly liked the essays written about books with which I was familiar -- and those were the essays on "Lord Jim" and "Pride and Prejudice". Reflections on the obscure and unfamiliar works were not very interesting to me, with one exception -- Philip Lopate's essay on Stendhal made me want to read the latter's novels. I would love to see another collection like Fadiman's that focused on classic books that have a wider readership. I think that more readers would enjoy such a contribution. ( )
1 vote danielx | Aug 26, 2017 |
Anne Fadiman, of Ex Libris: Confessions of a Common Reader fame, put together this anthology from past The American Scholar pieces on rereading. Out of the books discussed, I've only heard of 5 and actually read 1 (the last piece, on the Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band lyrics, was the only non-book of the bunch, and a very interesting read. Still not a fan of The Beatles, though). I enjoyed this little book, although I do not think it compares to Ex Libris.

While I did not know of the majority of the books being written about, I still really enjoyed reading about them, as the authors discussed their experiences with that particular work (or works) beautifully and with reverence, even if, on their re-reading, they did not enjoy the book as much. My favorite pieces were Diana Kappel Smith talking about a guide to wildflowers and Barbara Sjoholm talking about reading "The Snow Queen" in an ice hotel in Lapland. I also throuoghly enjoyed Fadiman's introductory discussion about re-reading The Horse and His Boy to her son and realizing the racist and sexist elements of the story and her struggle with that.

I'm always on the lookout for books about books and reading, so this was a nice little treat. ( )
  kaylaraeintheway | Jun 12, 2015 |
The introduction to this book was intriguing, with Fadiman talking about revisiting the Narnia books with her young son, and noticing all sorts of problematic issues and plot problems that she hadn't noticed as a kid, and worrying about them, and her son not caring. Rereading once-cherished books with adult eyes was a great premise, so I picked up the book. Unfortunately, most of the essays didn't live up to this promise. The problem for me was twofold - first, the age cutoff for first reading was too old at 25, so that many of the writers chose a book they'd loved in college or graduate school, rather than admitting to a childhood infatuation with Nancy Drew or a high school obsession with Tolkien. Second, and related, most of the choices were unfamiliar to me, and several seemed deliberately pretentious. The ones I found most enjoyable were in fact where the writer stuck closer to the spirit of the introduction - one about a series of nurse novels, and one about Andersen's "The Snow Queen". Former English majors, who have read more of the "pretentious graduate school" choices, would probably get a lot more out of this than I did. ( )
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Fadiman, AnneEditorautor principaltodas as ediçõesconfirmado
Ashenburg, KatherineContribuinteautor secundáriotodas as ediçõesconfirmado
Birkerts, SvenContribuinteautor secundáriotodas as ediçõesconfirmado
Goodman, AllegraContribuinteautor secundáriotodas as ediçõesconfirmado
Gornick, VivianContribuinteautor secundáriotodas as ediçõesconfirmado
Hampl, PatriciaContribuinteautor secundáriotodas as ediçõesconfirmado
Iyer, PicoContribuinteautor secundáriotodas as ediçõesconfirmado
James, JamieContribuinteautor secundáriotodas as ediçõesconfirmado
Kappel-Smith, DianaContribuinteautor secundáriotodas as ediçõesconfirmado
Krystal, ArthurContribuinteautor secundáriotodas as ediçõesconfirmado
Lopate, PhillipContribuinteautor secundáriotodas as ediçõesconfirmado
Michaelis, DavidContribuinteautor secundáriotodas as ediçõesconfirmado
Samuels, DavidContribuinteautor secundáriotodas as ediçõesconfirmado
Sante, LucContribuinteautor secundáriotodas as ediçõesconfirmado
Seshadri, VijayContribuinteautor secundáriotodas as ediçõesconfirmado
Sjoholm, BarbaraContribuinteautor secundáriotodas as ediçõesconfirmado
Toynton, EvelynContribuinteautor secundáriotodas as ediçõesconfirmado
Upchurch, MichaelContribuinteautor secundáriotodas as ediçõesconfirmado
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