I rediscovered Zen and the Art of Motorcycle Maintenance recently due to a triangulation of events. I turned 40 which is the age of the father in the story, at work I had to pick a T-shirt with my favorite book on the front, and finally, in the last few years, I have spent a great deal of time thinking about Zen Buddhism.
Firstly though, I felt I better re-read the book because even though I read it in my early 20s, if I was going to wear it on a shirt to work I better refresh in case anyone asked questions or made any references.
Secondly, I was reminded that there are books we need to re-read during each decade of our lives. The titles are different for each of us, but there are 5-10 that resonate to a point in our early years that we need to revisit them as we move through the decades. I remembered a convoluted story about a father and son on a motorcycle trip, some other character called a Phaedrus, and the narrator going on and on about “Quality.” But revisiting the story, it became a powerful dive into values and personal freedom. This “re-read” provided much more meaning than trying to keep up with the most recent “must-read.”
We may start with a couple books from our 20s, a few from our 30s, and so it goes.
I’m continuing with these:
- Fierce Invalids Home From Hot Climates
- My Other Life
- Going After Cacciato
- The Travis McGee cannon
What am I missing? What’s on your list? Leave your thoughts in the comments.
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The Little Prince
To The Lighthouse
the pre-AP/AP books my children are assigned (the list hasn’t changed much, but the meaning so different at 40(+4)
Thanks for sharing Ali.
A Tree Grows In Brooklyn by Betty Smith
I have a vague memory of reading this in a Lit. class. It’s time to try again!
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