I mentioned in my last post that I’ve been on a re-reading kick lately, and because it has been so rewarding, I think I’m going to stay with it for a while. I just finished the re-reading the last book in Philip Pullman’s His Dark Materials trilogy. It was great to re-read a book I loved and to discover brand new reasons for loving it. I so admire all three of these books for I find that they reward on so many levels. They’re whimsical adventures full of twists and turns and action. They’re complex philosophical reflections on society and religion and childhood and death and human nature. And they’re guided by Lyra Silvertongue, a heroine I challenge anyone not to love for her determination and her stubbornness and her tendency, on occasion, to make up stories that aren’t entirely true for the sheer pleasure of invention. I love it when a story can delight on so many levels, and I pretty much think Philip Pullman is a genius for accomplishing such a feat with this trilogy. So there we are, one—or actually three—new additions to my Worth Re-reading List.
Next on my Re-Reading Adventure? Pete Hamill’s Forever. I’m not even one hundred pages in, and already I’m so glad I came back to visit again.