My parents read, "Wind in the Willows" to me as a child. But now in my second childhood I want to read it again.
The first time, "Wind in the Willows", was read aloud to me, I was interested in 'what' - in what comes next.
But the second time I am interested in 'how', how i read, "Wind in the Willows", how I sound and how you sound.
For I want to reread, "Wind in the Willows", aloud on Skype, turn and turn about.
So rather than discovering the characters for the first time and following the story line for the first time, I am interested in the very act of reading aloud, turn and turn about.
Turn and turn about is important as we alternate from paragraph to paragraph, from being the listener to being the reader.
And it is this alternation of reading aloud that sets up a rhythm between the two.
Also to read all of, "The Wind in the Willows", at the rate of one chapter per week requires a commitment. And also to read the whole book aloud over Skype is an achievement.
And the purpose is to change the readers. It is not an entertainment or relief from boredom, it is a simple transformation.
In other words you won't be the same person at the beginning of, "Wind in the Willows", as you will be at the end.
But most of all, rather than reading the book, we are reading ourselves. We are watching ourselves change as we read, "Wind in the Willows", aloud to one another.
This is not to be entered into lightly or without commitment. Rather it is to entered into in a spirit of adventure and self discovery.
To share the rereading of, "Wind in the Willows", is a meditation for grown ups.