Tuesday, September 27, 2011
Top Ten Tuesday: Books I Want to Reread
I love rereading as much or more than reading a book the first time around. Sometimes I think I haven't really read a book until I read it the second time around. The danger is that a book you loved won't live up to the memory of the book. Recently I reread Middlemarch (third time around) and The Idiot. Each of these classics was even better than I remembered. Here are my top ten books I'd like to reread.
1. The Inferno byDante What could be better than a vicarious visit to hell, in the company of Dante and Virgil. Harrowing punishments lovingly described.
2. The Magic Mountain by Thomas Mann Can this book really be as profound and as moving as my memory of it? It is a looong book, but one of these days I will read it again. Sick people in a sanatorium escape the realities of life--and of course, everything is a metaphor.
3. The Sound and the Fury by William Faulkner Fell.In. Love. When I read The Sound and the Fury I was entirely seduced by the lushness of the language, the dizzying experience of this tale told by an idiot.
4. As I Lay Dying by William Faulkner My mother is a fish. That is one chapter is this mordantly funny and brilliant novel.
5. The Bone People by Keri Hulme Indescribable. Controversial. Disturbing. Unlike anything else you have ever read.
6. Crime and Punishment by Fyodor Doesoevsky Tears poured down my face as I read this book. Deep inside I am Russian and it is always winter. Why else would I be magnetically attracted to long books about inexplicably tortured souls?
7. Anna Karenina by Tolstoy See above.
8. Madame Bovary by Gustave Flaubert This book is pure genius.
9. The Return of the Soldier by Rebecca West Exquisite. The most perfect prose. Emotionally complex and moving.
10: Reading Like a Writer: A Guide for People who Love Books and for Those Who Want to Write Them by Francine Prose Francine Prose loves books as only a writer can, with a passionate devotion. Read this book immediately if you haven't read it already. Keep a notebook next to you as you read, because Prose will make you want to read every book she discusses.
That was fun! Now it's your turn. What books would you like to reread?