When I sat down to read this collection, I would have sworn that what I was about to do was in fact re-read these classic tales. Yet part way into the first story I realized that I had in fact never read them before!
Over the years I have read so much about them, read extracts, seen the art, studied various writings analyzing them that they had seeped into my mind as something that I had already experienced. They were all so familiar that I must have read them.
Yet experiencing the actual narrative bought me to the realization that, in fact, it was all new.