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   Reading Life
Books for the Ages
by Sven Birkerts
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Categories: Literary Criticism | Writers' Guides & Advice
Code: 3768 |  ISBN: 1555974643 |  191 pp. |  Publication Date: 2007
Publisher: Graywolf Press
Format: Trade Paperback
About this book
"Reading, the mind? s traffic in signs and signifiers, is the most dynamic, changeful, and possibly transformational act we can imagine. To have read a work and have been strongly affected by it? and then to come back to it after many years? can be a foundation-shaking enterprise." In "Reading Life," virtuoso critic and essayist Sven Birkerts examines what it means to return to resonant works of fiction? the books one thinks of ? covetously, as private properties, ? the ? personal signposts? of one? s inner life. For Birkerts, these include "The Catcher in the Rye," "Humboldt? s Gift," "To the Lighthouse," and "Lolita," In twelve far-reaching and intimate essays, Birkerts reflects upon his first readings and what later encounters reveal about time, memory, and the murmuring transistors of selfhood.

A new, compelling collection of essays by Sven Birkerts, ? one of America? s most distinguished, eloquent servants of the poetry and fiction that matter?
?Susan Sontag


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