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21-02-2014, 08:33 PM
To whom do you keep returning?
Am I the only one here who keeps returning a certain or several authors, poets or novelists on a constant basis?

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I constantly find myself returning once every year to reading works by Thomas Bernhard even though I probably already red each and every book and play of his 5-6 times.

Just this week I started reading Wittgensteins Nephew again. A very short little book and a very personal one about the decline of health and death of a friend of his. Thomas Bernhard is one of the best German language novelists in the past 50 years, and in my opinion the best. He reinterduced me into German literature after I stoped reading German authors for several years.

You?

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21-02-2014, 08:38 PM
RE: To whom do you keep returning?
Frank Herbert
Gordon R Dickson
Robert Jordan
J.R.R. Tolkien
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21-02-2014, 08:42 PM (This post was last modified: 21-02-2014 10:11 PM by Momsurroundedbyboys.)
RE: To whom do you keep returning?
Jane Austen.

I'm such a girl.

Edited to add the why...since being a girl might not be enough.

I always feel differently about the story after I finish it. Sometimes I really hate Mr Darcy; other times I love him. Sometimes I just get lost in the imagery of her words.


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21-02-2014, 08:45 PM
RE: To whom do you keep returning?
And why do you keep returning?

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21-02-2014, 08:54 PM
RE: To whom do you keep returning?
(21-02-2014 08:45 PM)The Germans are coming Wrote:  And why do you keep returning?

OCD? I really don't know but every once in a while I will get on a kick and reread an author's works. I have read some of these stories a dozen times over but yet I still feel compelled to read them in order from beginning to end.

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21-02-2014, 10:38 PM
RE: To whom do you keep returning?
(21-02-2014 08:38 PM)Revenant77x Wrote:  Douglas Adams

Don't forget to miss!

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22-02-2014, 04:08 AM (This post was last modified: 22-02-2014 04:17 AM by undergroundp.)
RE: To whom do you keep returning?
I don't usually return to authors, I return to books. I always feel like reading the books I love for a second or third (if it's been long enough) time.

It doesn't matter which author it is, but I do have to say there are two I keep coming back to: J.R.R. Tolkien and Edgar Allan Poe.

(21-02-2014 08:45 PM)The Germans are coming Wrote:  And why do you keep returning?

I personally do it because I forget details and once you read the book again those little details feel like forgotten treasure that you have discovered after centuries. As you grow up, you also perceive things in a different way so a book might have a different impact on you every time. Plus if a book is actually good, it's always enjoyable Big Grin

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22-02-2014, 04:21 AM
RE: To whom do you keep returning?
(21-02-2014 08:42 PM)Momsurroundedbyboys Wrote:  Jane Austen.

I'm such a girl.

Edited to add the why...since being a girl might not be enough.

I always feel differently about the story after I finish it. Sometimes I really hate Mr Darcy; other times I love him. Sometimes I just get lost in the imagery of her words.

I usually fall in love with Darcy, but sometimes I hate him. Haha Smile

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22-02-2014, 12:17 PM
RE: To whom do you keep returning?
T.S. Eliot and Jorge Luis Borges. And Emily Dickinson.

As it was in the beginning is now and ever shall be, world without end. Amen.
And I will show you something different from either
Your shadow at morning striding behind you
Or your shadow at evening rising to meet you;
I will show you fear in a handful of dust.
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22-02-2014, 12:58 PM
RE: To whom do you keep returning?
Feynman.
Gleick.
...
Jared Diamond...
Sagan...
Whoever wrote "A Canticle for Leibowitz" - I reread that every few years.

I used to reread Tolkein a lot but recently not so much.

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(06-02-2014 03:47 PM)Momsurroundedbyboys Wrote:  And I'm giving myself a conclusion again from all the facepalming.
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