Title HOW TO READ A NOVEL: A USER'S GUIDE
Book Condition Near Fine
Publisher St. Martin's Griffin 2007
0312359896 / 9780312359898
Seller ID RWARE0000037657
In excellent condition. Pages are intact and not marred by notes or highlig hting. The spine remains undamaged. "Do we still know how to read a novel?" John Sutherland, Chairman of the 20 05 Booker Prize Committee, asks. His answer is an unequivocal, "No." But Su therland has not given up hope. With acerbic wit and intellect, he traces t he history of what it used to mean to be well-read and tells readers what i t still means today while reminding readers how the delicate charms of fict ion can be at once wonderful and inspired and infuriating. On one level thi s is a book about novels but at a deeper level, this is a book in which one of the most intimate tête-à-têtes is described-one in which a reader meets a novel. However, in order for the relationship to take its proper course, a reader must know how to read it! Sutherland helps readers: --Pick the right book for them among the cattle call of pre-packaged blurbs and enticing cover art --Recognize a misleading title at first glance --Look beyond the politics of book reviewers --Learn to read the extras-epigraphs, forewords, afterwords-to understand t hemes only hinted at in the main text --Find real aspects of the author cleverly hidden in the narrative structur e --And much more In a book that is as wry and humorous as it is learned and opinionated, John Sutherland tells you everything you always wanted to know about how to read fiction better than you do now (but, were afraid to ask).