By all rights, I shouldnt have to read this book. After all,
Pierre Bayard begins with an epigraph from Oscar Wilde: "I never read a book I
must review; it prejudices you so." But I did read it, swiftly, ferociously, and
with a pen in hand. Many times I underlined a sentence I admired, such as this
one: "He who pokes his nose into a book is abandoning true cultivation, and
perhaps even reading itself." But just as often, I underlined in fierce
disagreement. This book isnt, finally, about books, but about book
conversation, and I had a particularly lively one with it.
Bayard takes the deliberately perverse stance that non-reading is an activity that should be defended and even taught. His argument begins by noting the conundrum which pinions the educated reader: on the one hand, our universities inculcate in us the value of exhaustively knowing a ...
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