Summer Reading

PATRICIA HAMPL

One cannot read a book, one can only reread it,” Vladimir Nabokov famously remarked. “A good reader, a major reader,” he explained, is necessarily a rereader because a book cannot be apprehended instantaneously the way a painting can be “taken in.” Only second, third, even fourth readings allow the mind to grasp its entirety.

Rereading, occurring over a lifetime, forms...

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About the Author

Valerie Sayers, chair of the English Department at Notre Dame, is the author of six novels, including The Powers.