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  • Title: Ex Libris: Confessions of a Common Reader
  • Author: Anne Fadiman
  • ISBN: 9780140283709
  • Page: 150
  • Format: Paperback
  • Anne Fadiman is the sort of person who learned about sex from her father s copy of Fanny Hill, and who once found herself poring over a 1974 Toyota Corolla manual because it was the only thing in her apartment that she had not read at least twice EX LIBRIS wittily recounts a lifelong obsession with books Writing with humour and erudition she moves easily from anecdotes aAnne Fadiman is the sort of person who learned about sex from her father s copy of Fanny Hill, and who once found herself poring over a 1974 Toyota Corolla manual because it was the only thing in her apartment that she had not read at least twice EX LIBRIS wittily recounts a lifelong obsession with books Writing with humour and erudition she moves easily from anecdotes about Coleridge and Orwell to tales of her own pathologically literary family One of the most delightful volumes to have come across my desk in a long whilewitty, enchanting and supremely well written Robert McCrum, Observer
    Ex Libris Confessions of a Common Reader Anne Fadiman is the sort of person who learned about sex from her father s copy of Fanny Hill and who once found herself poring over a Toyota Corolla manual because it was the only thing in her

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    1. Like many a Goodreader, no doubt, I have a thing for books about books In this particular case, there s a chapter in the book about books about books It might be tempting someday to write a book about such books about books about books, but let s not get silly, or meta silly for that matter Anyway, Fadiman s essays are as elegant and well written as my introduction is awkward and inane She s the kind of bookworm friend we d all like to the stratosphere here on this site.Fadiman is the daughter o [...]

    2. If you ll excuse what I know has to sound like a weak attempt at an obvious pun, I find that books are easier to read than people I summon far less effort to read a page than a face, a chapter than mixed body language Even the subtext and allusions and metaphors are all naught but new takes on old tricks, and the most elusive hidden messages are often buried no deeper than a careful reexamination of text laid bare with a willingness most people eschew in the name of self preservation and tactful [...]

    3. Just a couple weeks ago, a great review of this book popped up on my update feed, Ah, the magic of so when I spotted it at a booksale I went to last week for a dollar, I grabbed it quick If you haven t read Jon s review yet, check it out review show Thanks to a bout of insomnia last night, I finished this and loved it I feel like shoving this book onto some family and friends who think I m much too obsessed with all things book All of these essays show why bibliophiles love their book collection [...]

    4. I loved this collection of bookish essays One of my favorite pieces was Marrying Libraries, which was when Anne and her husband, George, decided to combine their book collections We ran into trouble when I announced my plan to arrange English literature chronologically but American literature alphabetically by author My defense went like this Our English collection spanned six centuries, and to shelve it chronologically would allow us to watch the broad sweep of literature unfold before our very [...]

    5. In the spirit of full disclosure, this book was selected for me as part of a Bossy Book Challenge A book of essays about reading is certainly something I would never have chosen for myself, but I did try to keep an open mindI understand why people like this book The writer obviously truly loves books to the point of obsession, and anyone with a love of books will find something to relate to here Unfortunately, that thing is unlikely to be the writer herself The book s subtitle is, Confessions of [...]

    6. October 2012I don t always read books about books, but when I do, my to read list suddenly grows Still, it s nice to read someone who understands me so well Alas, wrote Henry Ward Beecher Where is human nature so weak as in the bookstore Mine is relatively strong at Barnes Noble, because I know that if I resist a volume on one visit, and someone else buys it, an identical volume will pop up in its place like a plastic duck in a shooting gallery And if I resist that one, there will be another day [...]

    7. There are two groups of people in this world The first are erotically aroused by eating voluptuous, dripping fruits and having the fruity, pulpy juices trickle down their chins The second would just like to get to a sink and wash it all off Count me among the latter Anne Fadiman is the former I have always preferred Keats to Wordsworth, but I was never able to put my finger on why until I read that Wordsworth, according to a visitor, will live for a month on cold beef, and the next on cold bacon [...]

    8. This was my first book about books Written in an essay form, the book deals with various topics that all readers will identify themselves with I don t usually review books, but I want book readers to read this one so badly that I m making an exception Following is a list of some of the many reasons why I request, plead, and beseech bibliophiles to read this one 1 It talks about couples merging their books after marriage Very aptly titled Marrying Libraries It made me realise that marriage can ha [...]

    9. This is one of my favorite books The daughter of Clifton Fadiman can write These are wonderful essays about life, family, and most importantly, about books reading All are interesting written beautifully, and they also have a lot of warmth humor This is a book worth owning to be able to reread certain essays every once in a while.This book is a perfect gift for anyone who enjoys reading, books, and language.

    10. Some friends of theirs had rented their house for several months to an interior decorator When they returned, they discovered that their entire library had been reorganized by color and size Shortly thereafter, the decorator met with a fatal automobile accident I confess that when this story was told, everyone around the dinner table concurred that justice had been served Books about books or the reading experience in general I am known to have mighty trouble saying no to In fact, I gobble them [...]

    11. Yet another case of had I read this book a mere few years ago, four stars would have been a guarantee, five if I was feeling especially forlorn due to few real life acquaintances even liking the concept of a book, let alone sharing my fervent devotion for the written word in bound and paged form Alas, while I added this book than two years ago, I didn t get around to a finally acquired copy till now, and the three stars would need a great deal of this way or that motion to raise or lower it to [...]

    12. First read Jan 2016Re read May 2017Re read 2 February 2018There isn t anything I can say about this wonderful book of essays except I absolutely love it and anticipate re reading it many times in the years to come.5 5 stars, best of 2016 best of 2017

    13. This is a delightful slim book, a collection of personal essays about her love of reading In Marrying Libraries , she and her husband embark on merging their libraries After five years of marriage and a child, George and I finally resolved that we were ready for the profound intimacy of library consolidation They had to agree on which order to shelve their books, how to deal with the duplicates, whether to be a lumper or a splitter His books commingled democratically.mine were balkanized by nat [...]

    14. This book is primarily a book of humor There are 18 essays, all of which are related to books and you and me, the people who read them It is a book about us Of course some essays are better than others The majority had me laughing, but not all How do you organize your library Are you a courtly book lover or a carnal one I am carnal, meaning that I write in my books and don t hesitate one second to use then for other purposes They follow me around, get dirty, squished in bags, are taken to the be [...]

    15. It has become familiar Perhaps, excessively so I have ventured again for family reasons to a funeral home This is five times in the last nine months This reflects a turning of corners in my family dynamics While it isn t unusual for people at my work to pass prematurely, there has been a statistical glut in my family where people live beyond the norm and have now passed in quick succession I have also begun buying books with regularity upon leaving the funeral home or cemetery In itself, this is [...]

    16. A delightful collection of essays by a bibliophile, for fellow bibliophiles Small enough for a pocket, great for dipping in to.She describes growing up a sesquipedalian, the joys and otherwise of trying to merge her library with that of her husband, the quirks of proof reading, and much , as she shares her love of all things literary.A delight from cover to cover and worth every one of the very pennies it costs.

    17. I walked past Anne Fadiman s Ex Libris Confessions of a Common Reader at the library and immediately turned around Without reading the dust jacket, I added the book to my pile Any book about books must be a good book.After reading Ex Libris, I m not so sure The collection of essays is ten years old, and they already feel dated particularly an essay about pens and typewriters More than anything, though, I take umbrage with the subtitle Fadiman is anything but the common reader She is the daughter [...]

    18. I don t know how many times I ve read this collection of essays about the love of books, but it has been many Sometimes I just dip into one of my favourites Marrying Libraries, Never Do That To A Book, or You Are There but today, I ended up rereading the entire thing This book is an absolute must for the book lover, the book hoarder, the word collector and the grammar punctuation pedant Fadiman s writing style is just so perfectly polished, and I love the confiding warmth of her voice We are the [...]

    19. This short collection of essays on the reading life is a true delight of a book Anne Fadiman writes with self depreciating joy about the pleasures and pains of the book obsessed, and reading her confessions helped reawaken and soothe my guilt about my own book related afflictions Her ruminations on marrying libraries a task I have not yet been bold enough to undertake with my own husband , the art of inscriptions, and her clever discussion on plagiarism and the originality or lack thereof of ide [...]

    20. A charming collection of about 18 essays on the art of reading and loving good books All addicts need apply here You do not have a problem Embrace it There are always books and you will always find new ones There is no way to stop, not even if you wanted to It is better here.

    21. I went into this expecting that I was going to LOVE it After all, it s a woman who loves books writing about her love of books, and, hey, I love books too But, I ended up not really connecting with it Every once in a while there would be a sentence here or a passage there that I loved, but for the most part I felt alienated by this woman s relationship to books, which felt SO different from mine and, honestly, a little bit elite I guess it just felt like she was addressing an audience of people [...]

    22. Although there are exceptions to this, in general I am not much of a fan of meta nerd books about books written for obsessive lovers of books, nor of essays that treat physical books themselves as precious sacred objects, to be lusted after like sex symbols and used to partially define who we are in the first place For what it s worth, I instead tend to look at books as simple delivery vehicles for what s truly important, the information being conveyed on their pages through the codified use of [...]

    23. I finished this book on my flight home from Florida and it provided me with great pleasure amidst my great dislike of flying Perchance I would have given it five stars had I read it from the cozy comfort of the couch in my den It felt so chummy to hear Anne s discussion of her love of books both literary and tactile and I found myself nodding with agreement for many of her observations and confessions My favorite essays Marrying Libraries of the joys and tribulations of merging one s library alo [...]

    24. I was having a bit of a rereading kick during September largely due to the fact that my TBR shelves were almost exhausted , and decided to pick up Anne Fadiman s charming little volume of essays, Ex Libris Confessions of a Common Reader Throughout, Fadiman s scope is broad Whilst all of the essays are about books no shit, Sherlock , she writes about such things as the value of books as objects and how we treat them, to the art of writing sonnets, a skill she feels she has never quite mastered.Th [...]

    25. I enjoyed this book, but perhaps not nearly as much as some of my friends seem to have It s always nice to read something that makes me feel that someone out there is like me and or my family that we re not completely crazy So reading about another kid who was taught NOT to say the hoi polloi , someone else who can t help but proofread menus, who is an obsessive book collector these are cool However Anne Fadiman has an annoying to tendency to assume that her delineations are universal That all b [...]

    26. This book is an excellent collection of essays on the reading life The title is a reference to Virginia Woolf The Common Reader, the First and Second Series , who borrowed it from Samuel Johnson s Life of Gray, who wrote of all those rooms, too humble to be called libraries, yet full of books, where the pursuit of reading is carried on by private people The common reader, as Dr Johnson implies, differs from the critic and the scholar He is worse educated, and nature has not gifted him so generou [...]

    27. Interesting collection of essays If you are a book lover you ll relate to and even recognise yourself in some of the author s experiences Fav Quotes Homer was meant to be spoken, and even though I had no idea what he was saying, I could hear the slosh of the wine dark sea beneath each quavering dactyl.These beautiful volumes had been published in 1897, and not a single person had read them I had the urge to lend them to as many friends as possible in order to make up for all the caresses they ha [...]

    28. Que le voy a hacer Me encantan los libros que hablan sobre libros, y mas si son tan divertidos, amenos, y encantadores como este Ex libris.Una autentica delicia, que destila pasion por la literatura en cada una de sus paginas y que, seguro, sera capaz de arrancar mas de una buena carcajada a sus lectores impagable el capitulo sobre el plagio literario

    29. My aunt Heather recommended this book to me She is exactly the type of reader Anne Fadiman is and also very frugal So instead of buying books as gifts for me she mails me short lists of books she thinks I will enjoy and should check out at my local library This one was an easy beach read for me one year at Myrtle and then I read it again on a winter break I later gave it to my cousin in law for a gift so I no longer have a copy of it by as I remember them each of the short stories were based on [...]

    30. This book was WAAY too much fun Anne Fadiman is Clifton Fadiman s daughter, and she has collected this book of essays about book love She is funny and frank and the book is a delight There are essays on merging her library with her husband s, on the delight of finding long, delicious words, on sonnets, on carnal love book lovers versus courtly love book lovers for the record, I m in the carnal love category my books know they are loved , ink pens, flyleaf inscriptions, the compulsive editing of [...]

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