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Sunday, December 04, 2005

The Shared Secret Of A Book

In The Times' Christmas Books Special, Jeanette Winterson waxes eloquent on reading:

"The shared secret of a book that you both adore is like nothing else. Even though thousands of others have read it, it is still a private world. Certain cities, such as Venice, have this quality: that is because such a city is essentially an invention and a continual reinvention; the outline is always there but we make up the meaning as we go along.

"This is not to say that the great books we love are wax tablets where we impress our own image. Rather, they have such power of purpose, revealed in form and language, that they interpret us much better than we interpret them."


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