31. December 2012 · Comments Off · Categories: History, Informational Book, Kira, NonFiction

How to talk about books you haven't read. by Pierre Bayard , 185 pages, read by Kira, on 07/25/2012

With tongue in cheek, Literature professor Pierre Bayard offers a pseudo-defense of the “art of nonreading”.

Really, who has actually read all of Proust’s  Remembrance of Things Past – at 1.2 million words (vol 1 of 7 is 1360 pages long).

Bayard likes to quote Oscar Wilde’s ” I never read a book I must review; it prejudices you so”.  I think there’s some critique of postmodernism/deconstructionism, but I don’t know enough about the topic to be sure.  Is it more important to be aware of a given book’s “cultural location” than to actually have read it?  If you’re curious, check out this book.

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