How to Talk about Books You Haven't Read

ISBN-10: 1596914696
ISBN-13: 9781596914698
Edition: 2007
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Book details

List price: $19.95
Copyright year: 2007
Publisher: Bloomsbury USA
Publication date: 10/30/2007
Binding: Hardcover
Pages: 208
Size: 7.00" wide x 6.25" long x 0.75" tall
Weight: 0.682
Language: English

The runaway French bestseller hailed by theNew York Timesas “a survivor’s guide to life in the chattering classes.” nbsp; If civilized people are expected to have read all important works of literature, and thousands more books are published every year, what are we supposed to do in those awkward social situations in which 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 around the world, literature professor and psychoanalyst Pierre Bayard argues that it’s actually more important to know a book’s role in our collective library than its details. Using examples from such writers as Graham Greene, Oscar Wilde, Montaigne, and Umberto Eco, and even the movieGroundhog Day, he describes the many varieties of “non-reading” and the horribly sticky social situations that might confront us, and then offers his advice on what to do. Practical, funny, and thought-provoking,How to Talk About Books You Haven’t Readis in the end a love letter to books, offering a whole new perspective on how we read and absorb them. It’s the book that readers everywhere will be talking about—and despite themselves, reading—this holiday season.

List of Abbreviations
Preface
Ways of Not Reading
Books You Don't Know
Books You Have Skimmed
Books You Have Heard Of
Books You Have Forgotten
Literary Confrontations
Encounters in Society
Encounters with Professors
Encounters with the Writer
Encounters with Someone You Love
Ways of Behaving
Not Being Ashamed
Imposing Your Ideas
Inventing Books
Speaking About Yourself
Epilogue

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