By Anne Fadiman
Author note: Anne Fadiman [Editor]
Publish yr note: First released 2005
Is a ebook an identical 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 pleasant. Her selected authors comprise Sven Birkerts, Allegra Goodman, Vivian Gornick, Patricia Hampl, Phillip Lopate, and Luc Sante; the items in their literary affections diversity from Pride and Prejudice to Sue Barton, pupil Nurse. each one has chosen a booklet 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 influence in his or her formative years, and reread it to work out the way it has replaced in the mean time. (Of path, what has relatively replaced is the reader.)
These essays usually are not traditional literary feedback; they're approximately relationships. the connection among reader and e-book is a robust one, and as those writers attest, it evolves through the years. Rereadings unearths no less than as a lot concerning the reader as concerning the ebook: every one is a miniature memoir that specializes in that almost all attention-grabbing 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.