Friday, October 06, 2023

In case you wondered …

… The Lamp Magazine | How to Re-read. (Hat tip, Dave Lull.)

Re-readability is not only a useful criterion for a novel’s worth, but such is the complexity of serious novels that the same novel often reads differently at different ages while other novels cannot be read beyond a certain age and still others ought not to be read until one has attained to a later age. In this connection the Italian novelist Italo Calvino has described a classic as “a book that never finishes saying what it has to say.” 

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