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How to Talk About Books You Haven't Read - Pierre Bayard
How to Talk About Books You Haven't Read
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The runaway French bestseller hailed by the New York Times as "a survivor's guide to life in the chattering classes." If civilized people are expected to have read all important works of literature, and thousands more books are published every year, what are we supposed to do in those awkward... show more
The runaway French bestseller hailed by the New York Times as "a survivor's guide to life in the chattering classes." If civilized people are expected to have read all important works of literature, and thousands more books are published every year, what are we supposed to do in those awkward social situations in which we're forced to talk about books we haven't read? In this delightfully witty, provocative book, a huge hit in France that has drawn attention from critics around the world, literature professor and psychoanalyst Pierre Bayard argues that it's actually more important to know a book's role in our collective library than its details. Using examples from such writers as Graham Greene, Oscar Wilde, Montaigne, and Umberto Eco, and even the movie Groundhog Day, he describes the many varieties of "non-reading" and the horribly sticky social situations that might confront us, and then offers his advice on what to do. Practical, funny, and thought-provoking, How to Talk About Books You Haven't Read is in the end a love letter to books, offering a whole new perspective on how we read and absorb them. It's the book that readers everywhere will be talking about--and despite themselves, reading--this holiday season.
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Format: hardcover
ISBN: 9781596914698 (1596914696)
ASIN: 1596914696
Publisher: Bloomsbury
Pages no: 208
Edition language: English
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Ms. Margie
Ms. Margie rated it
This lovely, philosophical book reminded me a lot of some of [a:Alain de Botton|13199|Alain de Botton|http://d202m5krfqbpi5.cloudfront.net/authors/1189753902p2/13199.jpg]’s books. Light and engaging, but deeply philosophical as well. Bayard proposes many instances in which we talk about books we h...
Barrita
Barrita rated it
Voy a admitir que no pienso terminar este libro.Tiene algunas ideas interesantes, como evitar la noción de que hay libros obligatorios que todo mundo debe leer, y por lo tanto no sentirse avergonzado de no conocer los "clasicos". También es interesante la idea de que a veces podemos saltarnos partes...
debnance
debnance rated it
3.0 How to Talk About Books You Haven'T Read
Catchy title. Was it a parody? Was the author writing in earnest? I heard an interview with the author on NPR and realized there might be more to this book than I’d initially thought. Bayard defines “books you haven’t read” broadly, including the obvious “books never opened”, but adding “books skimm...
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