How to Read a Novel: A User's Guide
Do we still know how to read a novel? John Sutherland, Chairman of the 2005 Booker Prize Committee, asks. His answer is an unequivocal, "No." But Sutherland has not given up hope. With acerbic wit and intellect, he traces the history of what it used to mean to be well-read and tells readers what... show more
Do we still know how to read a novel? John Sutherland, Chairman of the 2005 Booker Prize Committee, asks. His answer is an unequivocal, "No." But Sutherland has not given up hope. With acerbic wit and intellect, he traces the history of what it used to mean to be well-read and tells readers what it still means today while reminding readers how the delicate charms of fiction can be at once wonderful and inspired and infuriating. On one level this is a book about novels but at a deeper level, this is a book in which one of the most intimate tête-à-têtes is describedone in which a reader meets a novel. However, in order for the relationship to take its proper course, a reader must know how to read it! Sutherland helps readers:Pick the right book for them among the cattle call of pre-packaged blurbs and enticing cover artRecognize a misleading title at first glanceLook beyond the politics of book reviewersLearn to read the extrasepigraphs, forewords, afterwordsto understand themes only hinted at in the main textFind real aspects of the author cleverly hidden in the narrative structureAnd much more In a book that is as wry and humorous as it is learned and opinionated, John Sutherland tells you everything you always wanted to know about how to read fiction better than you do now (but, were afraid to ask).
Publish date: October 31st 2006
Publisher: St. Martin's Press
Pages no: 272
Edition language: English
I have a weakness for books about books- how to read them, the history of them, how they’re made or collected, the crazy people that would risk their lives or livelihoods for them. This one is a bit odd, in that it isn’t really about reading novels in any lit-crit or historical sense, but about how ...
the pedestrian three stars rating for this book.it's rather confusing who this book is aimed to. not people who just started getting interested in reading novel, it's not really novel reading for dummies. perhaps for novel reader veteran who has already clocked hundreds of novel? just for them to ha...
I scanned the last few chapters. Interesting resource about books, reading and publishing in general. Not really my cup of tea.