“A good reader, a major reader, an active and creative reader is a rereader.” — Vladimir Nabokov
Whenever I read the said quote, my heart sinks, because I don’t reread. Although I maintain a list of books that I want to reread, I haven’t made a sincere attempt. Because the TBR is unconquerable, you know. 🙂
But, when I presented Diana Wynne Jones’ Dogsbody — one of my most favourite books — to my nine-year-old nephew, I told him I will reread it along with him. He lives in the USA. I am in India. However, the distance doesn’t matter when you are resolute to read a lovely book at the same time. ❤
I read Dogsbody in February, and wanted to blog about it. But, I couldn’t bring myself to write one because I was so moved. And, books that are so good do that to me; I end up not writing about it at all, as though it’s a feeling that I cannot share. Some sort of possessiveness grows in me. 😉 However, when my nephew said he would start reading it today, I told myself that I should try to write about Jones, her fantastic book, and the fitting introduction written by Neil Gaiman.
My nephew is a fast reader. I am not sure if I can catch up with him. Perhaps, we should complete reading this weekend.
Recommending nice books to my nephew gives me a sense of accomplishment. I introduced him to JK Rowling, RK Narayan, and Neil Gaiman. And now Diana Wynne Jones. I am immensely happy. 🙂 I am happier because The Guardian observed in their review of Dogsbody, “Jones has a unique record of producing books you can’t forget! Every book is different. And every book is likely to be in someone’s top seven! I feel we need to acknowledge how lucky those of us are who grew up on her books, and to ensure subsequent generations enjoy the same intense and subtle pleasure.”
I started reading late. But, I am ensuring that the ‘subsequent generations’ enjoy the pleasure of reading extraordinary books. 😉 Now, I am also reminded of what legendary anthropologist Margaret Mead once suggested. “The generative impulse could be expressed in other ways, such as passing ideas on to the younger generation through teaching, writing, or by inspiring example.”