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Western Lit Survival Kit: How to Read the Classics Without Fear - Sandra Newman
Western Lit Survival Kit: How to Read the Classics Without Fear
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Paperback. Pub Date :2012-04-05 Pages: 304 Language: English Publisher: Particular Books There they sit. the great tomes of classical literature. taunting you with their length and difficulty. as you ask: which books are the most important and why - and whats actually any good Why does most... show more
Paperback. Pub Date :2012-04-05 Pages: 304 Language: English Publisher: Particular Books There they sit. the great tomes of classical literature. taunting you with their length and difficulty. as you ask: which books are the most important and why - and whats actually any good Why does most writing about the classics have words like seminal or oeuvre in it What does postmodernism mean Can I get away with just reading the introductionNow you can enjoy the classics without fear. This survival kit will guide you painlessly through the Western literary canon. century by century: from Ancient Greek drama to the modern novel. via Beowulf. Chaucer. Shakespeare. Romantic poetry. Tolstoy and Proust. There are entertaining plot summaries. unpretentious definitions of literary movements and fresh insights into authors lives . With each work assigned ratings from 1 to 10 on Importance. ...
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Format: paperback
ISBN: 9780141044521 (0141044527)
Publisher: Particular Books
Pages no: 290
Edition language: English
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Boston Bibliophile
Boston Bibliophile rated it
3.0 The Western Lit Survival Kit: An Irreverent Guide to the Classics, from Homer to Faulkner
A fun way to pass a little time, The Western Lit Survival Kit is like the survey course you never had (or maybe you did) with a dash of humor and lightheartedness. More than a dash. It's a cute book and it might make a cute stocking stuffer for a teenager or something. It was funnier in some places ...
Tiny Library
Tiny Library rated it
4.0 The Western Lit Survival Kit: An Irreverent Guide to the Classics, from Homer to Faulkner
The Western Lit Survival Kit is a whistlestop tour through Western Literature from the Greeks to the twentieth century. The sections on each author include a brief biography, a summary of major works and then a rating for importance, accessibility and fun. Designed for the non-expert, it's all writt...
Unabridged Chick
Unabridged Chick rated it
Don't let that rather pedestrian first line put you off; this is an irreverent yet avowedly geeky look at the canon of Western European literature. Beginning with the ancient Greeks and ending with the Modernists, Newman provides pithy summaries of famous works with humorous ratings (by importance,...
florinda3rs
florinda3rs rated it
I’m (probably) in the middle of my “middle-age years,” and I’ve definitely been feeling the “so many books, so little time left (SMBSLTL)” pressure, particularly when it comes to classic literature. Outside of educational settings, the Western canon hasn’t played much of a role in my adult reading l...
Expendable Mudge Muses Aloud
Expendable Mudge Muses Aloud rated it
4.0
Rating: 4* of fiveThe Book Report: The author, a novelist and humorist, takes the reader on a whirlwind tour of Western literature, from The Odyssey through Ulysses and beyond. In her fast-talking tour guide patter, she offers up a large amount of information about each era covered, a medium amount ...
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