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They Make Me Feel Brand New?

btt buttonWhat book would you love to be able to read again for the first time?

I am tempted to say the Agatha Christie mysteries but that I have read so many of them and sometimes my faculty of memory is confused over different tales make them all the more refreshing to re-read. Books of which I want to be rid of my memory are Shadow of the Wind by Carlos Ruiz Zafon, Gentlemen and Players by Joanne Harris, and The Name of the Rose by Umberto Eco. These are novels with a twist at the end. For short stories, Guy de Maupassant is the name. His aim was to force the reader to “think and understand the deeper, hidden meaning of events.” The Necklace is the one story with a twist.

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31 Responses

  1. Give me Guy de Maupassant any day. He always feels new always with each and every read. Re-read.

    Thanks for mentioning him. I forgot to do that on my post.

    BTT: Second a first

  2. I’d love to read any book again that had a twist ending: Gentlemen & Players by Joanne Harris (just like you!) and Life of Pi by Yann Martel both spring to mind… Actually, to me, the sign of a great book is one you can read over and over again. I’ve read Life of Pi a second time and I still enjoyed it a lot, even if the ending didn’t quite take my breath away in the same way it did with my first read.

  3. de Maupassant’s collection were the first short stories that I read and enjoyed. I was completely surprised at 17 that I would like somehting like that.

    I tried The Name of the Rose, and just couldn’t do it.

  4. I included The Shadow of the Wind as well….I’m going to re-read it within the next several months, and I have a feeling it will be just as magical, but in different ways, the second time around, even though nothing will hold a candle to those first revelations.

  5. I feel you with Agatha Christie. I haven’t read any of the others.

    Here is A Second First Time

  6. Probably Fight Club by Chuck Palahniuk for me, twists are great that first time, I’m thinking of inventing a book-memory-wiper for this very purpose

  7. Speaking of Christie.. Have you seen her collected works in a single volume?

    http://www.agathachristie.com/home-uk/agatha-christie-breaks-a-third-world-record/

  8. I’ve got both Shadow of the Wind and Gentlemen and Players in my tbr pile.

  9. Shadow of the Wind and The Necklace are great choices. I’d love to be able to look at those with a fresh eye again.

  10. I haven’t read Gentlemen and Players but the other two are great choices for a first time again. So now I’ll have to look into your third choice because it really would be my first time.

  11. It’s a toss up between Howard’s End and Maurice by E. M. Forster. Maurice was my first foray into this author’s work, but the theme and content were very meaningful to me; this was 1971, homosexuality had just been decriminalized and I was emerging from the closet. By the time I got to Howard’s End I was much more experienced in his style, also I managed to get to the novel before I had seen a dramatization.

  12. I’m reading The Shadow of the Wind now! I haven’t read any of the other books. Now I’m off following the links to read about those two books I’m unfamiliar with(or I’m not unfamiliar with Umberto Eco but I haven’t read the book).

    Here is my BTT post.

  13. ‘The Name of the Rose’ and ‘The Necklace’ are both titles I’m curious about but haven’t read.

  14. Да,aleks,побороть лень, действительно иногда очень сложно..

  15. Gentlemen and Players reminds me a bit of The Great Gatsby (theme-wise).

  16. I read Shadow of the Wind and really enjoyed it – specially the opening couple of chapters. I can read them over and over again.

  17. My mother-in-law has a large stack of mystery novels, including most of the Agatha Christies. She says that she has so many she’s forgotten half of them and can now re-read and be surprised by the endings all over again.

  18. I have Gentlemen and Players on the huge stack next to my bed. I hope to read it soon!

  19. Shadow on the Wind is on my must-read list for this summer!! It would be fun to be able to re-read a book without remembering you read it in the first place.

  20. I have not read any of the books you listed but I know from others, they are good.

  21. thx for visiting my blog 🙂

    I haven’t read all Christie’s books but I like some of them

  22. I loved “Shadow of the Wind” and “The Name of the Rose.” Those are two that I’d definitely like to revisit. And Agatha Christie, too, although I don’t often reread mystery novels – but I’d love to experience my first reading of “The Murder of Roger Ackroyd” again.

  23. I had read an Agatha Christie book way back but I remember not liking it at all. I should read one of her books now, may be I’ll like it more.

  24. I really couldn’t get on with Shadow of the Wind, maybe I should give it another go. Thanks for visiting my blog and Happy BTT!

  25. Thanks for your visit to my blog.

    I agree that being able to read Agatha Christie books afresh would be good, although it has been so long since I’ve read any and my memory is so bad, it probably would feel like reading them for the first time anyway.

    I’d love to revisit a few of the novels I read in high school or at uni. It would be great to be able to simply enjoy them rather than having to focus on essay topics.

  26. The Shadow of the Wind is a great choice. I’ve been meaning to buy and reread it anyway – my first read was a borrowed copy from a friend.

  27. Also picked The Name of the Rose. One of my favorites.

  28. I agree that mysteries and books with a twist would be very nice to read again for the first time.

  29. I would love to re-read for the first time: The Devil in the White City and Angels and Demons. I love both of these books.

  30. Some books – like the Narnia series, plus plenty of others – had me transfixed as a kid and I have re-read them as an adult to recall the magic. It doesn’t quite work! So my answer involves moving back in time!

  31. […] Best Short Stories, The – Guy de Maupassant (A Guy’s Moleskine Notebook) […]

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