Top Three Books I Wish I Could Read Again For The First Time

Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly meme for the list lovers among book bloggers, created and hosted at The Broke and the Bookish. And yes, it should be top 10, but for this week’s theme I could only come up with three make that two and a half books, because the third one I didn’t like that much.

These are the books I wish I could read again for the first time, because they are much less powerful once you know. There is a big mystery at the heart of them (*), a Life-Changing event, but you only get to discover it little by little, one touch at a time and from the points of view of different characters. Hints, foreshadowing, non-linear narration and several intersecting points of view, that’s how they call this style; I’d rather say the author builds the novel and tells about this crucial event in the way an oyster builds a pearl, layer by layer, so there’s no Big Reveal. And these precious novels are:

  1. The God of Small Things by Arundhati Roy
  2. Goodbye Little Women by Marcela Serrano
  3. The Poisonwood Bible by Barbara Kingsolver

If you know of other books constructed in the same way, please share.

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(*) I hear what you say: this applies to detective stories as well, these are the characteristics of a whodunit. And you’d be right (although there is a different narrative technique in these three, and I think that’s what makes them so precious). I guess crime novels would fit the “Books I Wish I Could Read Again For The First Time” description for many people, but not for me: I erase them completely from my memory as soon as I finish them, so that I am able to read them again and again, and each time is like the first time…

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5 comments on “Top Three Books I Wish I Could Read Again For The First Time

  1. I read Poisonwood Bible a few years ago and really enjoyed it. Have you read any of her other books? They’re also very good.

  2. @ Trish: no. I’ve wished for some, but never actually got to them.

    @ Gautami Tripathy: glad you approve! (I remember you from the old times of my first blog…)

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