For September the hosts of The Classics Club have another member question: “Rereading a favourite classic at different stages of your life gives you different insights with each reading. Is there one classic you’ve read several times that also tells a story about you?”
I’m not sure if there is a specific classic I’ve re-read that tells me a story about me. I feel that any book I re-read more than once says a lot about who I am. I’ve probably re-read the Harry Potter series the most frequently, closely followed by Christopher Paolini’s Inheritance Cycle. When it comes to Classics I’ve re-read Wuthering Heights and Pride and Prejudice numerous times. I commented on someone’s blog that a lot of it has to do with the physical copy of the book as well. I’ve been carrying around the same copy of Pride and Prejudice for years and although I’ve lost my first copy of Wuthering Heights I’ve replaced it with two beautiful older editions here and here.
Each time I reread any of these books I always notice something new and different no matter how many times I’ve re-read them. I’ll never forget the first time I noticed that Mrs. Figg was mentioned by Dumbledore at the end of Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire or the first time I realized how romantic Wuthering Heights actually is.
If I had to say one book gave me different insight it would be Wuthering Heights. I remember reading it fist in high school and hating it, not appreciating it, just blazing through it so I could get back to reading what I wanted to read. Now 10 years on I’ve read it at least three additional times and I fall a bit more in love with it each time. It doesn’t hurt that I lived less than 20 miles from the Brontë Parsonage Museum in Haworth and actually took a bus out there a few times to play field hockey. I also learned to love the wild barrenness of the moors. So I guess you could say I matured with the book.
This next re-read in the next few months will also be interesting having gotten out of my first long-term relationship about a year ago. There’s no telling what aspect of the book I will most identify with this time.