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How to Talk About Books You Haven't Read By Pierre Bayard Jeffrey Mehlman,

  • Title: How to Talk About Books You Haven't Read
  • Author: Pierre Bayard Jeffrey Mehlman
  • ISBN: 9781596914698
  • Page: 396
  • Format: Hardcover
  • 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 tIf 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.
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    1. 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 so [...]

    2. T i sao ch ng ta c n bi t c ch n i v nh ng cu n s ch ch a c V nh ng t n c c t ra xem tr ng vi c c, th ph t bi u v vi c ch a c m t t c ph m t m c n o g n nh l n i th n th ng l n ngang vi c b b t g p khi ang t m nh th a m n nhu c u sinh l N i th n n y l n n m c i khi ng i ta ph i nhi u l n d ng d c tuy n b r ng vi c c s ch kh ng ph i l i u g qu quan tr ng i v i h , n n h c m g th k b h Th nh ng, b ng c ch n y hay c ch kh c, m t t n c c t ra xem tr ng vi c c, ch ng ta kh ng th n o tr nh c vi c ph i [...]

    3. 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, but a sneaky examination [...]

    4. 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 mu [...]

    5. 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 be to 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 t [...]

    6. If Pierre Bayard was in charge of , 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.You will note that there is no category for having read a book, for as soon as we read the wo [...]

    7. To read or not to read Intessuto di fantasmi che appartengono a ciascun individuo e delle nostre private leggende, il libro interiore individuale attivo nel nostro desiderio di lettura, e cio nel modo in cui cerchiamo e poi leggiamo dei libri E questo l oggetto fantasmatico in cerca del quale vive ogni lettore, del quale i libri migliori che incontrer nel corso della sua vita non saranno che dei frammenti imperfetti, stimolandolo con ci a proseguire la lettura.Il saggio di Bayard, un testo di te [...]

    8. H i h c, th c t , ph n t ch m t c ch logic v vi c c th ng qua c u chuy n trong c c t c ph m v n h c l n nh n nh c a m t s t c gi n i ti ng v c t m nh h ng v d Balzac B n c nh , c i c ch m gi o s Pierre Bayard chia th lo i s ch s ch ch a bi t, s ch c l t, s ch t ng nghe nh c n, s ch cc ng ph n n o cho th y s nghi n c u ch t ch c a ng khi vi t v v n l m sao n i v nh ng cu n s ch ch a c ng n g n l l m sao ch m gi v i b n c s ch v Th nh th t m n i, l c u m cu n s ch ra, c ch ng u ti n, m nh c m th y [...]

    9. 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 much engaging 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 [...]

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    11. In the interest of full disclosure, I skimmed over the last third of this book But skimming is a method of reading that the author gives his full support, so I don t really feel bad about it.I had gone into this book expecting it would be something else entirely, but then once I had gained my bearings, I still wasn t all that satisfied with it Based on the title and armed with the knowledge that the author is a professor of literature, I was expecting overall a reassurance that no one should fee [...]

    12. 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 sensational book it teaches us how to not read a book but stil [...]

    13. 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.

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