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   How to Talk about Books You Haven't Read
by Pierre Bayard
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Categories: Just Published | Literary Criticism
Code: 3834 |  ISBN: 1596914696 |  208 pp. |  Publication Date: 2007
Publisher: Bloomsbury USA
Format: Hardcover
About this book
The runaway French bestseller hailed by the "New York Times" as "a survivors guide to life in the chattering classes." If civilized people are expected to have read all important works of literature, and thousands more books are published every year, what are we supposed to do in those awkward social situations in which were 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 around the world, literature professor and psychoanalyst Pierre Bayard argues that its actually more important to know a books role in our collective library than its details.

Using examples from such writers as Graham Greene, Oscar Wilde, Montaigne, and Umberto Eco, and even the movie "Groundhog Day," he describes the many varieties of "non-reading" and the horribly sticky social situations that might confront us, and then offers his advice on what to do. 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. Its the book that readers everywhere will be talking about--and despite themselves, reading--this holiday season.


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