Wednesday, June 24, 2009

Revisiting Old Friends

Books are like old friends. Sometimes we haven’t seen them in a while, but they are so familiar and often, you pick up where you left off, recalling fond memories, favourite foods or a special summer afternoon that has remained with you.

Recently, I was in the bookstore and I came across Daphne Du Maurier’s book Frenchman’s Creek.

Frenchman’s Creek and I have a history, a past, a relationship. Some books are just like that, old friends. The point is that this book has been out of print for quite a long time. I have an old, 1950s cloth bound copy at home and it’s my pride and joy.

Seeing Frenchman’s Creek reprinted reminded me that I’m not the only one who likes to revisit my old “friends”.

So lately, I’ve found myself returning to some reprintings of popular authors’ older works. These include Phyllis Whitney mysteries and Sandra Brown novels, among others.

Who are your old friends? Do you find yourself revisiting some favourites from time to time, trying to recapture something? I find I reach for these friends when I want something familiar, or life is feeling busy and I just want to get back to myself. What about you?

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