Monday, August 28, 2006

Vladimir Nabokov 1899-1977

"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....In reading a book, we must have time to acquaint ourselves with it. We have no physical organ (as we have in the eye in regard to a painting) that takes in the whole picture and then can enjoy its details. But at a second, or third, or fourth reading we do, in a sense, behave towards a book as we do towards a painting."

from Lectures on Literature

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At 2:34 AM, Blogger Carol Peters said...

Poet Marie Ponsot said that she reads a poem the first time quickly to get over the suspense. Then she reads it slowly and sometimes ever so many times.

 
At 6:02 AM, Blogger J. D. Brewer said...

I appreciated your Nabokov quote. I am currently reading and rereading and rereading his last Russian novel, The Gift. It is a wonderfully complex journey with literature as the protagonist.

 

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