Re-reading novels – is life too short?
Being a member of a reading group I often find that the book chosen is something I have already read. I used to feel it was a waste of time to re-read and tried to wing it by looking at a synopis online, but faced with Wolf Hall as our next choice might be wise and useful to re-read it? Will it give me a better understanding? I re-read Wuthering Heights in my 30s and was saddened to see Heathcliffe as a tiresome bully instead of the hero of my teenage years.
Perhaps ones initial emotional response to a novel should not be tested with a second read. What do you think?