What’s the first book that you ever read more than once? (I’m assuming there’s at least one.)
What book have you read the most times? And–how many?
Long-time readers of the blog would know the answer right away: The Master and Margarita by Mikhail Bulgakov. I have read the different translations of the book at least 6 times, and reviewed it 4 times on this blog. It is one of the richest and most remarkable books I have ever read. Every re-reading affords new insights and meaning—a book for which it’s challenging to write a review that encompasses all its themes. Highly allegorical, with humorous, surreal, and religious nuances galore, The Master and Margarita is a product of reconciliation of the absolute opposites: how would anyone ever conceive a world in which God and Satan work toward the same end, and that good is not necessarily better than evil? This is only possible through Bulgakov’s enduring experiences during the remarkable era that powerfully affected his perspectives on politics and life. If you haven’t read it, you should do so immediately.
The first book that I ever read more than once is Shadow Without A Name by Ignacio Padilla. I re-read for clarity, making sure I didn’t miss any of the details that concern the four sections of which the different narrators all adopt the same name. That it was set in World War II, and revolved around an encrypted code that embedded the secrets of the many failed attempts by Nazi officers opposed to Hitlers policies to destroy the regime from within make it very intriguing to read.
Other books I have read more than once include The Remains of the Day, Anna Karenina, Crime and Punishment, The name of the Rose, and The Hours.