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How to Talk About Books You Haven't Read | Hardback

Released on 07 January 2008

Author: Pierre Bayard | Format: Hardback

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In this disarmingly mischievous and provocative book, already a runaway bestseller in France, Pierre Bayard contends that in this age of infinite publication, the truly cultivated person is not the one who has read a book, but the one who understands the book's place in our culture. Drawing on examples from works by Graham Greene, Umberto Eco, Oscar Wilde, Montaigne (who couldn't remember books he himself had written), and many others, he examines the many kinds of 'non-reading' (forgotten books, unknown books, books discussed by others, books we've skimmed briefly) and the many potentially nightmarish situations in which we are called upon to discuss our reading with others (with our loved ones, with the book's author, etc.).At heart, this is a book that will challenge everyone who's ever felt guilty about missing some of the Great Books to consider what reading means, how we absorb books as part of ourselves, and how and why we spend so much time talking about what we have, or haven't, read.

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For example, I haven't read this book.

I've been told/am guessing it's about the fact that some books have been so integrated into culture and society that we can successfully and clearly discuss them without having read them. Interesting, really, I suppose.

It's the same with films really. Think Star Wars. Haven't seen it, and still hate it. One could argue that hating it without seeing it is unfair, but everything's unfair. That's what The Bible was about, wasn't it?

I don't know; I haven't read it.

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AuthorPierre Bayard
PublisherGranta Books (United Kingdom)
Year2008
ISBN9781862079861
FormatHardback - 176 Pages