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The Fine Art of Re-reading Books

 by Danielle Maestretti


Tags: Great Writing, books, memories, reading, Richard O’Mara, Urbanite, Danielle Maestretti,

Reading a book

Considering memory loss in the new issue of Urbanite, Richard O’Mara stumbles upon a surprising way to drum up long-buried memories: Re-read a book (in his case, by accident), and uncover a vivid impression of your life at the time of the initial reading.

For O’Mara, it’s The Black Obelisk, a book published in 1956 by the German author Erich Maria Remarque (best known in the States for All Quiet on the Western Front). O’Mara picks it up a bookstore: “I loved it for the first sixty pages—at which point I realized that I had loved it before, forty-odd years ago.”

Source: Urbanite

Image by Gibson Claire McGuire Regester, licensed under Creative Commons.