As I rarely discard a book, it should thus come as no surprise that I have overflowing shelves of novels I’ve once read, enjoyed, savoured and then swore up-and-down-back-and-forth that I was going to re-read someday. Alas, it is someday. I’m spending whole of 2016 revisiting my book collection, digging back into books I read once, but that I haven’t read (or listened to) in at least four years. So, we’re about to find out what was worth reading… twice.
A quick but good read.
I was lamenting my growing disinterest in the re-read of my previous book when I decided to jump prematurely into an entirely new one. I started poking my way through The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy: The Original Radio Scripts by Douglas Adams. It was a kind of reward, you see… even though it almost but not quite breaks a few of my rules.
1. Strictly speaking, it’s not a novel. It’s the basis of series of novels that was published later, yes. But it’s scripts. And it’s published in the form of a book. But really, it was less a novel than twelve episode script collection of a radio drama. I’ll overlook that, of course.
2. Strictly speaking, I’ve never actually READ it before. I’ve listened to it a few thousand times  and mostly for a five year stretch on repeat about a dozen years ago, but this was less of a re-read and more of a finally-read-something-I’ve-heard quite often before. I’ll overlook that too, because reading it –it turns out– was helpful in working out about half a dozen words I didn’t actually hear correctly no matter how often I listened to it. Thanks British accents.
3. Strictly speaking I started reading it for the non-fiction commentary that was advertised to have been stuffed between the episode scripts. But I’ll overlook that too because those turned out to be only about a page long and more like extended footnotes of only vague interest.
Worth the Re-Read?
Yup. And I’ll be re-reading it again. But I might give it a couple weeks.