23 12 2012

Reminded today about this book. Am hoping to get for Christmas so I can ignore it again.

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How to talk about books you haven’t read by Pierre Bayard

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In the spirit intended by the author, I’ve not actually read this book so have to copy the synopsis from Amazon:

Synopsis
In this disarmingly mischievous and provocative book, already a runaway bestseller in France, Pierre Bayard contends that in this age of infinite publication, the truly cultivated person is not the one who has read a book, but the one who understands the book’s place in our culture. Drawing on examples from works by Graham Greene, Umberto Eco, Oscar Wilde, Montaigne (who couldn’t remember books he himself had written), and many others, he examines the many kinds of ‘non-reading’ (forgotten books, unknown books, books discussed by others, books we’ve skimmed briefly) and the many potentially nightmarish situations in which we are called upon to discuss our reading with others (with our loved ones, with the book’s author…

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