Someone is rewriting my past

I have read voraciously through the whole of my life. It has given me more pleasure than any other activity. I know – I know – but a book will last for hours!

It is not unusual for people to ask me what my favourite books were and I’d trot them out. There were the usual suspects:

Jack Kerouac – Dharma Bums and On the Road

John Fowles – Magus

John Steinbeck – East of Eden and Grapes of Wrath

Ken Kessey – Sometimes a Great Notion and One Flew over the Cuckoo’s Nest

DH Lawrence – Sons & Lovers, Women in Love & Lady Chatterley’s

Henry Miller – Tropic of Capricorn

Aldous Huxley – Brave New World and Island

George Orwell – 1984 and Keep the Aspidistra Flying

Joseph Heller – Catch 22

Robert Heinlein – Stranger in a Strange Land

Jerry Rubin – Do It!

Robert Sheckley – Journey Beyond Tomorrow

Larry Niven – Ringworld

Kurt Vonnegut Jnr – Breakfast of Champions and Ice Nine

Plus a few hundred more!

Then I got to thinking and I realised that a number of these books that I had revered I had read in my teens and early twenties. That meant that I had not read them for over forty years.

I decided that it would be good to go back and see if they were as good as I remembered them being. So I began to intersperse them with my current reading. Do you know what I discovered? Half of them had obviously been rewritten by inferior writers over the intervening years.

So come on you publishers – I want the original books back that I loved so much! Many of these are nowhere near as good as they were!


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2 thoughts on “Someone is rewriting my past

  1. What do you mean – mhalf of them had been re-written? Do you mean you bought recent editions and the text had been changed? How can they do that when the authors have died? I have the original copies of most of those books which I bought more than 40 years ago although some of them I may have given to my old school when I donated hundreds of my books to their library.

    1. No Bede – they’ve not been rewritten. It was a light-hearted comment on the fact that some of them appear, to my mature self, not to be anywhere near as good as i thought they were and the writing much poorer than I remember.

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