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By Pierre Bayard

ISBN-10: 1596914696

ISBN-13: 9781596914698

The runaway French bestseller hailed by means of the New York Times as "a survivor's consultant to existence within the chattering classes." If civilized everyone is anticipated to have learn all vital works of literature, and hundreds of thousands extra books are released each year, what are we alleged to do in these awkward social occasions during which we're compelled to speak about books we haven't learn? during this delightfully witty, provocative booklet, an incredible hit in France that has drawn consciousness from critics all over the world, literature professor and psychoanalyst Pierre Bayard argues that it's really extra vital to understand a book's function in our collective library than its information. utilizing examples from such writers as Graham Greene, Oscar Wilde, Montaigne, and Umberto Eco, or even the motion picture Groundhog Day, he describes the various different types of "non-reading" and the horribly sticky social events that would confront us, after which deals his suggestion on what to do. sensible, humorous, and thought-provoking, How to speak about Books You Haven't Read is in spite of everything a love letter to books, supplying a complete new point of view on how we learn and take up them. It's the e-book that readers in all places could be speaking about--and regardless of themselves, reading--this vacation season.

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At the center of the abbey an immense library has been built in the form of a labyrinth; its holdings are the largest in all of Christendom. This library occupies a major place within the religious community and thus within the novel—both as a place of study and reflection, and as at the heart of a whole system of interdictions governing the right to read, since books are delivered to the monks only after authorization. In his search for the truth about the murders, Baskerville finds himself in competition with the Inquisition and its formidable representative, Bernard Gui, who is convinced that the crimes are the work of heretics—specifically, the adepts of Dolcino, the founder of a sect hostile to the papacy.

OSCAR WILDE Foreword PIERRE BAYARD PUTSHIS readers—this reader—in a uniquely paradoxical position. Having just read his witty How to Talk About Books You Haven’t Read, I have now discovered that there was no reason for me to have read it in the first place. But without having read it, how would I have known that I could just as well have skimmed it, or perhaps heard about it somewhere, or possibly formed a sense of the book based entirely on what other readers have said about it, on the sort of received opinions about a work that float around in the culture?

Of course, the content of a book is in large part its location. This means that I feel perfectly comfortable when Ulysses comes up in conversation, because I can situate it with relative precision in relation to other books. I know, for example, that it is a retelling of the Odyssey,8 that its narration takes the form of a stream of consciousness, that its action unfolds in Dublin in the course of a single day, etc. And as a result, I often find myself alluding to Joyce without the slightest anxiety.

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