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Unfinished Business Notes of a Chronic Re Reader review µ 103 ô A New York Times Book Review Editors' ChoiceOne of our most beloved writers reassess the electrifying works of literature that have shaped her life I sometimes think I was born reading I can't remember the time when I didn't have a book in my hands my head A New York Times Book Review Editors' ChoiceOne of our most beloved writers reassess the electrifying works of literature that have shaped her life I sometimes think I was born reading I can't remember the time when I didn't have a book in my hands my head lost to the world around me Unfinished Business Notes of a Chronic Re reader is Vivian Gornick's celebration of passionate reading of returning again and again to the books that have shaped her at crucial points in he. What a complete pleasure this book was I loved listening to Gornick ruminate over her layered impressions of books throughout the course of her life It made me pull too many books off the shelf in the hopes of somehow finding time to reread old favorites It also made me wish people took on this project It should be a column somewhere But really Gornick’s keen memory honest impressions and incredible prose made this book sing This doesn’t feel like a vanity project as it may with others; her clear voice encourages you to challenge yourself and your memories

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Ychological complexity of Elizabeth Bowen's prose and soaks in Natalia Ginzburg a writer whose work has often made me love life After adopting two cats whose erratic behavior she finds vexing she discovers Doris Lessing's Particularly CatsGuided by Gornick's trademark verve and insight Unfinished Business is a masterful appreciation of literature's power to illuminate our lives from a peerless writer and thinker who still reads to feel the power of Life with a capital L. A beautiful book Both sharp and gentle and full of hope Gornick’s voice is one to live by

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Unfinished Business Notes of a Chronic Re ReaderR life In nine essays that traverse literary criticism memoir and biography one of our most celebrated critics writes about the importance of reading and re reading as life progresses Gornick finds herself in contradictory characters within D H Lawrence's Sons and Lovers assesses womanhood in Colette's The Vagabond and The Shackle and considers the veracity of memory in Marguerite Duras's The Lover She revisits Great War novels by J L Carr and Pat Barker uncovers the ps. This is not a book that I meant to pick up I've never read anything written by Vivian Gornick ever I don't have the same lived in experience as her I certainly don't have the same taste in reading as she does But I didn't think I'd get lit crit about a few books that she has re read over time I thought it would be a general approach to rereading I have read a few of the books or authors she mentions but none really made a mark and Gornick didn't sell them enough except for Pat Barker's Regeneration which I already wanted to read Maybe the J L Carr too if I can get my hands on it She has had better luck with her rereads than I have I used to reread books far often when I was younger when I wouldn't let enough time pass between two reads of a book when I was essentially the same person with the same views It worked because in India access to books did not come cheap Rereading was essential if I didn't want to end up broke But then I came to the US and discovered its wonderful library system and suddenly I had so many books that I didn't have to reread any book ever again The ones that I did read again left a bad taste in my mouth Little Women I was really hoping this book would make me appreciate the joys of re reading because sometimes it can be rewarding but I didn't find any of that except for the confirmation that people change ideas change and you notice different things at different times because of your mood the side of the bed you woke up on or because different issues matter or less to you now I don't mean to sound superior but I already knew that On the plus side Gornick's writing is great I'd read another topic by her without hesitation