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Pierre Bayard, How to Talk About Books You Haven't Read

Pierre Bayard, "How to Talk About Books You Haven't Read"
Translated from the French by Jeffrey Mehlman
Bloomsbury | 2007 | ISBN: 1596914696 | 207 pages | siPDF | 2 MB

If cultured people are expected to have read all the significant works of literature, and thousands more are published each year, what are we supposed to do in those inevitable social situations where 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 and readers around the world, literature professor and psychoanalyst Pierre Bayard argues that not having read a book need not be an impediment to having an interesting conversation about it. (In fact, he says, in certain situations reading the book is the worst thing you could do.)

Using examples from such writers as Graham Greene, Oscar Wilde, Montaigne, and Umberto Eco, he describes the varieties of "non-reading"—from books that you've never heard of to books that you've read and forgotten—and offers advice on how to turn a sticky social situation into an occasion for creative brilliance.

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 a book for book lovers everywhere to enjoy, ponder, and argue about—and perhaps even read.


List of Abbreviations

Ways of Not Reading
 1 Books You Don't Know
 2 Books You Have Skimmed
 3 Books You Have Heard Of
 4 Books You Have Forgotten

Literary Confrontations
 5 Encounters in Society
 6 Encounters with Professors
 7 Encounters with the Writer
 8 Encounters with Someone You Love

Ways of Behaving
 9 Not Being Ashamed
 10 Imposing Your Ideas
 11 Inventing Books
 13 Speaking About Yourself

A Note on the Author

Tags: Literature, LiteraryCriticism


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See Also:

Allan Bloom, "The Closing of the American Mind"

Diana Tixier Herald, "Genreflecting: A Guide to Popular Reading Interests (6th Edition)"

Jane Rogers (ed), "Good Fiction Guide"

Paul Johnson, "Intellectuals"

Wayne C. Booth, "The Rhetoric of Fiction (2nd Edition)"

William Shakespeare, "As You Like It" (The Arden Shakespeare), 3rd Edition

William Shakespeare, "Much Ado About Nothing" (The Arden Shakespeare), 3rd Edition

William Shakespeare, "The Taming of the Shrew" (The Arden Shakespeare), 2nd Edition

William Shakespeare, "The Tempest" (The Arden Shakespeare), 3rd Edition

Scott McMillin, ed., "Restoration and Eighteenth-Century Comedy" (Norton Critical Editions), 2nd Edition

Jane Austen, "Emma" (Norton Critical Editions), 3rd Edition

Jane Austen, "Mansfield Park" (Norton Critical Editions)

Jane Austen, "Pride and Prejudice" (Norton Critical Editions), 3rd Edition

Charlotte Bronte, "Jane Eyre" (Norton Critical Editions), 3rd Edition

Emily Bronte, "Wuthering Heights" (Norton Critical Editions), 4th Edition

George Eliot, "Middlemarch" (Norton Critical Editions), 2nd Edition

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