"There exists somewhere a book written for each of us, and in every book, one can find something for oneself alone." ~Dominique Aury
Oh, wow. Isn't that the coolest?
She read all of Proust every year for five years. That's something. I've never been so dedicated to re-reading someone. Irving a bit, Jane Eyre a lot, and Dickens. I can't think of anyone else at the moment. I've re-read a couple Nora Roberts books.
You? Have you ever dedicated yourself to re-reading someone so intensely?
Aury also said:
"It's not possible to disguise oneself when writing. You give yourself away, you always speak your truth."
She was a literary critic, translator, essayist, and editor reading manuscripts every day. At the time, the only female reader for twenty-five years of her career. She said whenever she read a manuscript, she knew who the person was behind the story.
She was interviewed at ninety-one and misspoke, saying she was in her seventies. She was amused at her mistake and said that at least she still had her memories. The interviewer told Aury her age, and she said, "Ninety-one? Well," she laughed. "Good for me. Good for me."
On another note, Dartmouth has A Simple Book Repair Manual. I wish I'd known this last time I dropped a book in the bathtub. Also includes how to repair torn pages, tighten hinges, and mend a spine.
A book written for each of us, with something for us alone. Isn't that kind of magical? That's how I feel when I walk in the bookstore. Every single time. Like in all those books, there's one I'm meant to read that day, one with a special message just for me and my life of the moment.
What do you think?