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Subject: Anyone else go through an Anais Nin phase?
Date Posted: 5/18/2009 3:42 PM ET
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I stumbled upon The Diaries of Anais Nin in my twenties.   I was completely enthralled by this series of "diaries".   I see that there are copies on PBS and am considering rereading them.  Curious as to how many of us go back and reread past favorites and do they affect us differently at different times in our lives?

Date Posted: 5/19/2009 1:06 PM ET
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I've never read Anais Nin but she has been on my TBR for years.

Yes, I do go back and re-read past favorites. Sometimes I am surprised at how much I have forgotten or how much I feel I missed on the first reading. Other times I finish and say, "What the heck did I ever see in that book?!?!"

I have noticed a few books I loved as a teenager I re-read years later and found the books to be poorly written drivel full of teenage angst :-)

I could identify with the book as a teenager but not so much as an adult.

I have also noticed my tastes have changed. I now favor bios, history, historical fiction, contemporary fiction, and thrillers. Before I read more general fiction, sci-fi, an occasional romance, and lighter fare mysteries. I still enjoy YA fiction, but with more enduring themes.

Date Posted: 5/19/2009 8:57 PM ET
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Thanks Sheila for your input.  I know my tastes have changed as well... matured.  It's nice when you revisit something and you have the same feelings all over again, but embarrassing as all hell when you have that "What was I thinking?" moment!  I'll dive back in to Nin's diaries some time and see which one they turn out to be :).

Date Posted: 5/20/2009 9:10 AM ET
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Let me know which one you read and if you like it. I would like to read something of hers this year.

Date Posted: 6/12/2009 11:19 AM ET
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I went through an Anais Nin phase in college...  Oh the days of being 20, wearing tons of black eye make-up, smoking, drinking and reading literary erotica.   Good times, but definitely not the same all these years later where I hardly wear make-up, quit smoking and drinking and I'd rather read a book about history than sex...

 

Date Posted: 6/12/2009 11:25 AM ET
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Oh, and Delta of Venus and A Spy in the House of Love were my favorites back then.

"Dreams are necessary to life."

Date Posted: 7/18/2009 9:18 PM ET
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Pam, your thread sparked my interest, so I ordered the first 5 of Anais Nin's diaries from PBS.  I have finished the first and started the second, and am thoroughly enjoying them so far, despite being WAY beyond my 20s.  Her thinking was fresh yet timeless.  Perhaps you should reread them to see what you think now. 

Date Posted: 8/11/2009 4:33 PM ET
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I went through an Anais Nin phase in college...  Oh the days of being 20, wearing tons of black eye make-up, smoking, drinking and reading literary erotica.

LOL  Add in my own unbearably pretentious journals, and that's pretty much me at 16.  I haven't read her in years, but I have a feeling I would be a little less enthralled reading her now.

Subject: I was hooked, back in the day
Date Posted: 6/19/2010 8:41 PM ET
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I also went through a Nin addiction in my 20s. I kept wondering how she had time to write such sumptuous prose and still do other things. Finely, I got weary of her.

Now I've heard that she was quite an adept liar. So I have zero interest in her now.

Date Posted: 11/4/2010 6:23 PM ET
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I also was very hooked on Nin when I was in my 20s. I was so taken with her rich style of writing, and the texture of her life.

When I found out a few years ago that she had fabricated much of what she had written, that was it for me.

                                                                                                                        Rose