By Anne Fadiman
Author note: Anne Fadiman [Editor]
Publish 12 months note: First released 2005
Is a publication a similar book-or a reader an analogous reader-the moment time round? The seventeen authors during this witty and poignant number of essays all agree at the solution: by no means.
The editor of Rereadings is Anne Fadiman, and readers of her bestselling publication Ex Libris (FSG, 1998) will locate this quantity particularly fulfilling. Her selected authors contain Sven Birkerts, Allegra Goodman, Vivian Gornick, Patricia Hampl, Phillip Lopate, and Luc Sante; the gadgets in their literary affections variety from Pride and Prejudice to Sue Barton, scholar Nurse. every one has chosen a publication or a narrative or a poem--or even, in a single case, the lyrics at the again of the Sgt. Pepper album--that made a deep effect in his or her formative years, and reread it to work out the way it has replaced in the intervening time. (Of direction, what has quite replaced is the reader.)
These essays aren't traditional literary feedback; they're approximately relationships. the connection among reader and ebook is a strong one, and as those writers attest, it evolves over the years. Rereadings unearths at the very least as a lot in regards to the reader as concerning the publication: every one is a miniature memoir that makes a speciality of that almost all fascinating of themes, the protean nature of affection. And as each bibliophile is familiar with, no love is extra life-changing than the affection of a book.