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What is a good book?

 From one of my cardboard boxes, I recently exhumed The Secret History (1992) by Donna TARTT. I had read it the year it was published, completely forgotten the story except the atmosphere, the supreme quality of the author's English, and a chapter when, in the depth of winter, schools being closed, a college student had to sleep in an unheated warehouse. Reading it again, I realized what a great piece of literature it was. Eventually I have come to the conclusion that if you have pleasure reading a book again, then it is a good book. Now why shouldn't a writer apply the same test to his own books? If he / she finds pleasure reading something published ten year ago, then - in my opinion - they can consider their book a good one.


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