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5.0 von 5 Sternen A nice reminder that it's OK to read instead of doing stuff
I hesitated to shell out $8.95 plus tax for such a slim volume, but I am glad I did. I had recently skimmed an old copy of Mortimer Adler's How To Read A Book and found it utterly utilitarian. Ms. Quindlen's short but insightful book, on the other hand, succeeds in conveying the pleasure of reading for no particular reason other than the pleasure of reading. She...
Am 18. Oktober 1998 veröffentlicht

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2.0 von 5 Sternen Otherwise enjoyable, marred by hypocritical left wing slant
Could have been very enjoyable, but marred by hypocrisy. In one breath the author is excoriating the elites of literary-criticism for trying to dictate what tastes readers should or shouldn't pursue when in the prior paragraph she had herself criticized businessmen for reading the seven habits of highly effective people, rather than a text she would find more worthy,...
Am 25. Juli 1999 veröffentlicht


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2.0 von 5 Sternen Otherwise enjoyable, marred by hypocritical left wing slant, 25. Juli 1999
Von Ein Kunde
Could have been very enjoyable, but marred by hypocrisy. In one breath the author is excoriating the elites of literary-criticism for trying to dictate what tastes readers should or shouldn't pursue when in the prior paragraph she had herself criticized businessmen for reading the seven habits of highly effective people, rather than a text she would find more worthy, like Moby Dick. (The Seven Habits is likely suspect to Ms. Fadiman because its written by a religious white male, and read by businessmen -read: greedy caucasian republicans). Her discussion of censorship likewise ignores the dangers posed by the current political correctness movement on college campuses(of which she has only praise), in favor of taking to task right wing parents groups who are concerned about the content of literature being assigned to their youngsters. Then she blithely suggests that the political speeches in Ayn Rand's novels, with which she obviously disagrees, should have been omitted by a good editor. (Free speech for me but not for thee?) There's also a curious sense of anti-maleness to the book. No suggestions for young male readers are provided, only for young girls. And it is strongly hinted that only the female gender truly understands the joy of reading. Maybe the author got this idea because she consulted virtually only with women in writing the book, as shown in her acknowledgements, or maybe her politics are generally based in some sort of hostility to men. Despite all these problems, the stuff about the misunderstood joys of being a young reader, and the typical reaction of one's peers, was wonderful. Too bad the author thinks only young girls, and not any young men,have ever experienced this. She's wrong. I know. But as of yet there aren't any entries in the genre about a young man's experiences with "Lord of the Rings" and "Where the Red Fern Grows" etc., so this will have to do.
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5.0 von 5 Sternen A nice reminder that it's OK to read instead of doing stuff, 18. Oktober 1998
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I hesitated to shell out $8.95 plus tax for such a slim volume, but I am glad I did. I had recently skimmed an old copy of Mortimer Adler's How To Read A Book and found it utterly utilitarian. Ms. Quindlen's short but insightful book, on the other hand, succeeds in conveying the pleasure of reading for no particular reason other than the pleasure of reading. She gives a heart-warming account of her own history and experiences as a reader. This part of her book makes a wonderful story for young readers. (Her thoughts on technology are less convincing. Kids today are so much more at ease with computers than we are that it won't be hard for them to make the switch to electronic books-the size of which will shrink while their capacity expands within the next few years.) Definitely recommended by this reader.
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5.0 von 5 Sternen This book will remind you why you read, and you'll feel good, 7. Oktober 1998
Anna Quindlen's paean to reading will help you recall your early printed friends and how you felt when an unread title by a favorite author appeared at the library. If that isn't reason enough to inhale this 80-page celebration of words, you'll also get to take a tour through the history of printed communication and you'll be reminded that the enjoyment you feel when you read as an adult can be brought near the level of joy you felt while reading as a child. I'd never read any of Quindlen's work outside of the NY Times before, but I'll have one of her novels in hand shortly (sorry, Amazon -- this is what libraries are for).
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5.0 von 5 Sternen Why I read, 14. Mai 2000
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It was her physical description of books which first captured me, the smell, heft,and appearance of books. Anna Quindlen comments on the high suspicion towards those who love to read..."Don't you have anything BETTER to do with your time?". I have long felt more connected to those around me through my reading, finding books to be the safe passage to other people and places. Ms. Quindlen puts words to the feelings for most book lovers, the pleasurable whiling away of hours, the smell and feel of books, discovering a new author. Although this is a very small volume it is a delight for any booklover.
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5.0 von 5 Sternen Extremely inspring for us "not so devoted readers"!, 10. Juni 1999
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I'm the type who sees reading as a kind of avtivity I'd like to do more of but never get around to doing. This book really inspired me to start reading again as I did when I was a kid-- with utter intrigue. Plus, there's a wonderful collection of book lists in the back. I recommend this for all you readers out there who have shoved aside the magic of reading amidst our busy days.
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5.0 von 5 Sternen Articulates the thoughts of so many compulsive readers, 3. Juli 2000
This book should be in every American public library. It should appeal to every librarian, teacher, student, parent and book lover. This small non-fiction book identifies what propels people to brake for the book store, library and even scan the bookshelves of our friends and families. This is not just a book for the bibliophiles of this country.
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5.0 von 5 Sternen what a great book, 4. Januar 1999
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this book really impresses me. it talks about the importance of reading..of how it affect one's life. i like the way how anna quindlen share with her readers her past reading experience....the reading lists in the end is a bomb too!!
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5.0 von 5 Sternen a good book for all book lovers!!, 13. Januar 1999
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I have long been a devoted reader..but after reading this book, it just makes me love my books even more...!
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2.0 von 5 Sternen Sorry, wrong author, 26. Juli 1999
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I think my review inadvertently used the wrong author's name. Sorry, it was Ms. Quindlan
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