How to Talk About Books You Havent Read

How to Talk About Books You Havent Read If cultured people are expected to have read all the significant works of literature, and thousands 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.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 of many other books Jeffrey Mehlman is a professor of French at Boston University and the author of a number of books, including Emigr New York He has translated works by Derrida, Lacan, Blanchot, and other authors. Best Read How to Talk About Books You Havent Read [ by ] Pierre Bayard [ Kindle ePUB or eBook ] – rarefishingbooks.co.uk Most of the people who criticize this book are referring to the English translation How To Talk About Books You Haven t Read If you take the trouble to consult the original French edition, you ll see all sorts of clever allusions to the intertextual tradition that has grown up in Continental Philosophy over the last 40 years, many of which are lost in the transition to a different language When Derrida observed that nous sommes tous des bricoleurs, he was stating a daring new thesis Now, when Most of the people who criticize this book are referring to the English translation How To Talk About Books You Haven t Read If you take the tr
This is one of four newish books I recently read mostly so I could finally get them off my queue list, all of which were actually pretty good but are mere wisps of manuscripts, none of them over 150 pages or so in length This one is the surprisingly thoughtful How to Talk About Books You Haven t Read, by a hip French literature professor named Pierre Bayard because make no mistake, this is not exactly a practical how to guide to faking your way through cocktail parties, buta sneaky exami This is one of four newish books I recently read mostly so I could finally get them off my queue list, all of which were actually pretty good but are mere wisps of manuscripts, none of them over 150 pages or so in length This one is
Catchy title Was it a parody Was the author writing in earnest I heard an interview with the author on NPR and realized there might beto this book than I d initially thought.Bayard defintes books you haven t read broadly, including the obvious books never opened , but adding books skimmed , books you ve heard about but that you ve never read , and books you ve read but that you ve forgotten Whew That doesn t leave much to put into the book log for the year, does it How many bo Catchy title Was it a parody Was the author writing in earnest I heard an interview with the author on NPR and realized there might beto this book than I d initially thought.Bayard defintes books you haven t read broadly, including the obvious books never opened , but adding books skimmed , books you ve heard about but that you ve never read , and books you ve read but that you ve forgotten Whew That doesn t leave much to put into the book log for the year, does it How many books, read cover to cover, remain vivid in one s mind, long after the book has been returned to the shelf I took away from this book what I found to be Bayard s main thought Don t let anything stop you from talking about books Reading, he says, is imperfect A reader won t take away from a book the same things another reader will nor the same things the author might have hoped his readers would take away from the book It is okay, Bayard assures us, to skim books It is okay to mis
This book, which I read in its entirety, is about 25% sensible commentary wrapped in an irritating froth of supercilious bullshit Professor Bayard has a number of observations to make about the whole exercise of reading, some of which are insightful and on point and many of which are bloody obvious The irritating part is that each little nugget is presented with the kind of self congratulatory smugness befitting a Faberge egg But, for the most part, the professor doesn t scintillate nearly as This book, which I read in its entirety, is about 25% sensible commentary wrapped in an irritating froth of supercilious bullshit Professor Bayard has a number of observations to make about the whole exercise of reading, some of which are insightful and on point and many of which are bloody obvious The irritating part is that each little nugget is presented with the kind of self congratulatory smugness befitting a Faberge egg But, for the most part, the professor doesn t scintillate nearly as much as he imagines.As other reviewers have noted, the title is misleading Bayard is not interested in providing you with a bluffer s guide Instead, his tongue in cheek advocacy of non reading is used as a point of departure to explore the whole exercise of reading from a variety of perspectives An odd feature of the book is the amount of time spent exhorting us to ove
If Pierre Bayard was in charge of Goodreads, the three standard categories Read, Currently Reading, Want to Read would be entirely eliminated Instead there would be Books that are unknown to me I don t know about them and am not aware of them Books that I have skimmed Books that I have heard about you can know lots about Romeo and Juliet even if you ve never read the play and finally, Books that I have Forgotten.Yo
I should say as a disclaimer that I actually took a course with Pierre Bayard at the Universit de Paris 8 a few years back and would like to share two observations on that point first, the course I took was titled Madame Bovary, yet at no point in the course did we actually read Flaubert second, Bayard is muchengaging not to mention friendlier and less pompous in print.Bayard s playful essay livre is a simple retelling of Reader Response Theory crafted for the thoughtfully self a I should say as a disclaimer that I actually took a course with Pierre Bayard at the Universit de Paris 8 a few years back and would like to share two observations on that point first, the course I took was titled Madame Bovary, yet at no point in the course did we actually read Flaubert second, Bayard is muchengaging not to mention friendlier and less pompous in print.Bayard s playful essay livre is a simple retelling of Reader Response Theory crafted for the thoughtfully self absorbed masses Well written an
The most boring book ever I gave up on after wasting so much time on the half of it forcing myself to keep reading This books tries to make us all less guilty about not reading books I agree that in reality we will never have time to read all the books even those that critics recommend in say 1001 BOOKS YOU MUST READ BEFORE YOU DIE or even the shorter 501 MUST READ BOOKS We can browse and skim and claim that we were able to read them all but who are we fooling This is precisely why Bayard, a college literature professor in Paris came up with this sensati
Didn t actually read it I didn t care for the design So I suppose I shouldn t have it on the read shelf I got the sense of the thing, and it spent a lot of time on my night table But I already know, anyway, how to talk about books I haven t read. Pierre Bayard ISN T THAT DUMB Perhaps he s just being very TRES FRANCAIS He s certainly CLEVERthereforeWITTY.SoTHOUGHT PROVOKING.Only a DUMBO would try to talk about a book they hadn t read I doubt if a DUMBO could GET this book anyway It a about LOTS of other very amusing ideas to do with books, and so should be readily lapped up bywell,like people on GOODREADS, of course although we have ALL met those we regard as DUMBOS on Goodreadsand WE sure AREN T them Pierre Bayard ISN T THAT DUMB Perhaps he s just being very TRES FRANCAIS He s certainly CLEVERthereforeWITTY.SoTHOUGHT PROVOKING.Only a DUMBO would try to talk about a book they hadn t read I doubt if a DUMBO could GET this book anyway It a about LOTS of other very amusing ideas to do with books, and so should be readily lapped up bywell,like people on GOODREADS, of course although we have ALL met those we regard as DUMBOS on Goodreadsand WE sure AREN T them..are we I only wish he d put something in about people who REread books.What one has forgotten or wrongly recalls is FASCINATING.And people who MISread bookslike MOST female Jane Austen fans who mistakenly think they are reading one of the earliest Mills and Booms, especially with Mr Darcy Colin Firth s TV Mr.Darcy is a real misreadingprobably purposefully

Best Read [ How to Talk About Books You Havent Read] by [ Pierre Bayard ]For Kindle ePUB or eBook – rarefishingbooks.co.uk
  • Hardcover
  • 208 pages
  • How to Talk About Books You Havent Read
  • Pierre Bayard
  • 08 April 2018
  • 1551929627