“One cannot read a book: one can only reread it,” Nabokov said. Book Bench contributor Nathaniel Stein thought of that line while reading “On Rereading,” Patricia Meyer Spacks’s charming and strange blend of memoir, literary criticism, and scientific treatise.
For Nabokov, another reading was always constructive. But for Spacks, rereading—though satisfying for pure literary analysis—can reveal unwelcome truths about our past selves, and cause disenchantment—in the most literal sense—with the books we used to love.
What books have you reread? Have you experienced re-readings as better readings? Tell us below or photo reply with an image of you with your most-read book.