Recently I came across a piece called Good Readers and Good Writers by Vladmir Nabokov, thanks to my English teacher hubby who’s teaching it in his high school English class.
One of the points Nabokov makes is
“Curiously enough, one cannot read a book: one can only reread it. A good reader, a major reader, an active and creative reader is a rereader. And I shall tell you why…
When we read a book for the first time the very process of laboriously moving our eyes from left to right, line after line, page after page, this complicated physical work upon the book, the very process of learning in terms of space and time what the book is about, this stands between us and artistic appreciation. When we look at a painting we do not have to move our eyes in a special way even if, as in a book, the picture contains elements of depth and development.
…at a second, or third, or fourth reading we do, in a sense, behave towards a book as we do towards a painting.”
So this got me thinking, it’s time to re-read Lolita. I encourage you to take a second or third look at your favorite book too!