Have you ever read some book in the past and then re-read it again after few years? If you did, it is most likely that you had totally different experience the second time.
In elementary and high school we are being obligated to read books that are in the curriculum. They are usually classics that should be read, but not everyone liked or understood them. That can change the way you approach these books and your overview of them.
Everyone has its own sense when reading a book. Many factors can affect it - our current mood, age, interests, etc. Above all things, what intrigues me the most is when you read the same book twice and you get a feeling like you have read totally different book. I got that feeling while reading The Little Prince by Antoine de Saint-Exupéry.
In my country, it is a book that pupils read in elementary school. I was about 10 years old when I have read it and, from today’s perspective, I did not understand a thing. Or maybe I understood it just like I should. From my point of view, it was all about this kid who travels through galaxy from planet to planet, has some rose and makes strange friends. Its hidden meaning was really well hidden from me. I didn’t even think about some deeper message that it could teach me. I wasn’t bored while reading it, it was amusing for me to imagine all the adventures that he had and how much he played and had fun in those places. I looked at it from child’s perspective. It was all about playing and having fun, not learning some valuable life lessons that could be important later in life. What I also liked about it is its length. It didn’t have too much pages and it was easy to read. When I came across some parts that were unclear to me I would just let my fantasy create an acceptable explanation of it or just pass by it.
A decade later, while cleaning my room, I came across this book. It was summertime and I was about to go on a vacation. I decided to bring it with me and re-read it. There were no expectations, I just wanted to go back in time and remember how was it like when I was reading it as a kid. I imagined it would be some kind of travel through time.
Instead, it was a completely different book. It took me a few hours to finish it and the feeling I got was really strange. It was a book that I have already read but everything about it, except its name, was different. Friendship between the rose and The Little Prince had much deeper meaning for me. “It is the time you have wasted for your rose that makes your rose so important.” This sentence meant nothing to me when I was 10, but now it made so much sense. I could relate to it.
Boa constrictor, a snake, eating an elephant. Another mind-blowing discovery for me. Just then I have realized why people see it as a hat. Just then I have realized why not letting other people see our Boa constrictor digesting an elephant as a hat is so important. Why it is important not to cultivate our dreams and narrow our goals just because someone said that they are impossible. “What is essential is invisible to the eye.”
When you read a book or watch a movie you have a different feeling every time you do it again, but this was more than that. It was a whole other interpretation and meaning of the book. I can not explain it from the scientific perspective, but as a book lover it was a great discovery.
Did something like this ever happen to you? Let me know about your experience in the comment section!