After retiring from a lifetime of teaching literature, Patricia Meyer Spacks embarked on a year-long project of rereading dozens of novels: childhood favorites, fiction first encountered in young adulthood and never before revisited, books frequently reread, canonical works of literature she was supposed to have liked but didn't, guilty pleasures (books she oughtn't to...more
My problem with the book was when ...more
I will not reread this book, though I may look at my highlights and I will read some of the classics she discussed. In the first chapters, I was interested. When the discussion went into lots of detail about totally unfamiliar texts, for chapters, I stopped paying attention.
I taught English for thirty years. Each time I taught A Streetcar Named Desire or King Lear it was a new experience. Of course I changed, my views changed and my students changed. Yet each reading was exciting because the ...more
Now she writes about the pleasure of reading, and the result is like a conversation with a smart person over tea: informal, occasionally funny, but interesting and thought-provoking.
I enjoyed it all, even if our tastes don't mesh. She talks about books that reward rereading, and ...more
She writes really well with thought provoking insights and an intimate, personal style that feels like a friend. So many phrases or thoughts are worthy of remembering but that is never my strong suit. I felt a common experience with her reads despite reading none except Pride and Prejudice and how they affected her. Really it was just beautiful, a true ...more
Now, I don't believe that everyone has to have read or heard of anything but if you love books and want to write about books (and god forbid ...more
I notably reread Spindle's End, the Lord of the Rings trilogy, CS Lewis, some Charles de Lint, some of my favorite poetry like Sappho and William Carlos Williams... I've also reread some books and been ever so disappointed in what I'd remembered was wonderful. Rereading is a window looking into our changing selves.