Wise Words about How a Great Book Evolves

March 11, 2009

Some of the great fun of being a parent is reading children's books again.  Not always for the umpteenth time in a row, though sometimes even then...  Many of them are so exquisite, so truly delightful or wondrous or intriguing or clever that we are glad to have gotten the chance to re-read them. 

This perspective from Robertson Davies, a great man of letters himself, reminds us to keep up with that re-reading as great books evolve over time.  Or, more precisely, we do.

"A truly great book should be read in youth, again in maturity and once more in old age, as a fine building should be seen by morning light, at noon and by moonlight."

-- Robertson Davies

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