HowTo: read a novel

Laila Lalami recommends How to read a novel of John Sutherland:

So books like John Sutherland’s How to Read a Novel, which came out last fall and which I started reading two days ago, seem necessary to me. This is meant for the general reader who may not always be aware of what is going on in the world of books, but there are some juicy literary tidbits, too. I love the examples he uses to make his points. For instance, to highlight divergent reader reactions, he brings up Disgrace–I can’t tell you how many arguments I’ve had about that novel with people. Occasionally, though, his sense of humor reminds me of my dad’s. (Commenting on the popularity of iPods, he says “Head implants, doubtless, are on the way, for the dedicated music lover. Seattle is working on it.” Har, har, Dad.) Still, his love for books comes across on every page, so even if you didn’t already love books, you’d love them by the time you were done with this tome.

Take a look!

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2 Responses to “HowTo: read a novel”

  1. Jayan Says:

    Guru, This reminds me of the books by Italo Calvino

    ‘The use of Literature’ and ‘Why read classics’

  2. Guru Says:

    Dear Jayan,

    Sounds interesting! Will take a look!


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