How to Talk About Books You Haven't Read

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Bloomsbury Publishing USA, 10 de ago de 2010 - 208 páginas
In this delightfully witty, provocative book, 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-which became a favorite of readers everywhere in the hardcover edition-is in the end a love letter to books, offering a whole new perspective on how we read and absorb them.
 

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Comentário do usuário  - alexrichman - www.librarything.com

Full disclosure: I did actually read this. Doing so is, of course, wholly unnecessary and this book makes a great gift, or coffee table talking point, neither of which require you to crack it open ... Ler resenha completa

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Comentário do usuário  - DellaWanna - LibraryThing

Bayard, a college professor, has spoken about ‒ and even taught ‒ books he hasn't read, an apparently common practice in academia. He dedicates a chapter to four forms of non-reading: never opening ... Ler resenha completa

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List of Abbreviations
Books You Dont Know
in which we see along with Valéry that it is enough to have skimmed a book
Books You Have Heard
Literary Confrontations
Encounters with Professors
in which Pierre Siniac demonstrates that it may be important to watch what
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Pierre Bayard is a professor of French literature at the University of Paris VIII and a psychoanalyst. He is the author of Who Killed Roger Ackroyd? and many other books.

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