HE TAKES THE BOOK AWAY FROM US

For it is humanly certain that most of us remember very little of what we have read. To open almost any book a second time is to be reminded that we had forgotten well-nigh everything that the writer told us. Parting from the narrator and his narrative, we retain only a fading impression; and he, as it were, takes the book away from us and tucks it under his arm.

– Siegfried Sassoon

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3 thoughts on “HE TAKES THE BOOK AWAY FROM US

  1. Jeff says:

    As I re-read De Certeau, I find the same thing happening to even my previous margin notes. Many of them are incomprehensible to me. The intellectual context that I first read it under has disappeared. I have to re-acquaint myself not only with the author, but also with the circumstances in which I read him, and the person I once was, the reader and writer who has read and written other things in years afterwards.
    Yet it’s strange what returns. My strongest memory of the book is finishing it while in a cafeteria in a Marks & Spencer. Stranger still is the feeling that this memory is probably a fiction.

  2. J.B. Long says:

    The Sun Also Rises – I’m almost finished revisiting it myself.

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