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June 12, 2008


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Cam Beck

What do you think about the idea of re-reading the books of your childhood? What about reading them for the first time?

The reason I ask is I've been considering reading the Chronicles of Narnia. I'd just hate to do it if it is something I am too old to profit from.

Sean Howard

Wow. It's funny how easy it is to treat memory as a logical thing. That I would file a book by the year I read it or the title or author. Yet when I look at myself (difficult if not impossible), it appears to work off softer triggers. A place triggers a book which triggers an emotion which leads to a shared experience with that emotion, etc.

Makes me feel better about my horrible skill with taxonomy on my blog and link lists. ;) :)

P.S. I LOVED the Narnia series as a kid. Wow. That brought back memories.


Cam — I would definitely recommend reading the Chronicles of Narnia, even as an adult. There's something really timeless and powerful about those stories. There is so much in there about rights of passage, family/isolation, growing up/independence, good/evil, going through trials to grow, courage and bravery. I have to admit that I haven't looked at them now as an adult, so I don't know if they're good reading from this point of view.

If you do read them now, I'd love to know what you think of them!


Sean — You loved the Narnia series, too! It was so powerful to read as a child, wasn't it? From your comment and Cam's question, I'm going to have to go back and look at them again.

Interesting points about memory. It is so subjective, isn't it? I read something somewhere about how memory is not linear, it is fluid. We really don't work like cataloging systems in a library -- it is much more human to have that ripple-in-the-pond memory type. Overlapping circles, more than points on a straight line.

Don't feel bad about not being a robot. ;)

Cam Beck

Kristin - Thank you for the encouragement. :)


Cam — You're welcome! Enjoy. :)


I discovered The Chronicles of Narnia as an adult when I read all the books with my son. I loved them, and definitely recommend a read or re-read.

I like the idea of books and place - I will definitely write this essay, if I can ever narrow the field to just one book :)


Becca — So great to hear that you had a positive experience reading Narnia as an adult!

Let us know how your essay goes. And I'd love to know which book you finally choose. I know it will be tough. ;)

Rachael Levy

I wrote about "Jane Eyre." You can find it here: http://theslowcookedsentence.blogspot.com/2008/06/certain-book-read-in-certain-place.html


Rachel — Fantastic! I'll definitely read your essay and link to it. Thanks for the heads up.

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