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Books you long to revisit

When you're in the middle of reading a book you like well enough and intend to finish, but it isn't entirely enthralling you, do you long to go back and re-read books that did enthrall you? I certainly get that way. I seldom actually get around to the re-reading, because there are so many new books I still need to read and discover, but the temptation is strong enough to pull me back to former loves once in a while.

Lately I've particularly wanted to re-read A Room with a View by E.M. Forster, and Winter's Tale by Mark Helprin. (As well as Jonathan Strange and Mr Norrell by Susanna Clarke, and, as ever, The Lord of the Rings by Tolkien, but those I've read more recently than the first two.) I think what I crave is the grace, romance, and wildflowers of the Forster book; and the crazy magic, the sparkling icy scenery, and the gorgeous vocabulary of the Helprin.

What books do you long to return to?



Jan. 24th, 2009 03:25 am (UTC)
George Orwell's 1984 and The Road to Wigan Pier. I know they're depressing, but I really love his writing style.

I almost forgot - Brideshead Revisited, though I'm sure Waugh would be none too pleased if he knew that I read it for the guy on guy romance and couldn't care less about the religious aspects.
Jan. 25th, 2009 01:32 am (UTC)
I've definitely got Brideshead on my list--and at least in part because of that guy on guy romance. ;)

I need to read more Orwell. I don't think I've read any since 1984 in high school (and indeed, it was good). There's a fence in our neighborhood on which someone has spray-painted "ORWELL WAS RIGHT." I imagine they mean something about Big Brother watching us, but I always flippantly think, "You mean we should keep the aspidistra flying?"
Jan. 25th, 2009 05:18 am (UTC)
Burmese Days.
Jan. 26th, 2009 10:39 pm (UTC)
D'oh - I also meant to mention Orwell's Down and Out in Paris and London.
Jan. 27th, 2009 01:11 am (UTC)
What stands out in my mind from D&O in P&L is the horrifying descriptions of what goes on in restaurant kitchens, and this adage that I'm never able to dine out without recalling: "Remember, the more you paid for your food, the more people touched it before you did." Or words to that effect.
Jan. 27th, 2009 01:20 am (UTC)
It's kind of the British equivalent of The Jungle, upon which author Upton Sinclair lamented, "I aimed at the public's heart, and by accident I hit it in the stomach."