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How to Read a Novel A User's Guide

How to Read a Novel A User's Guide characters ☆ PDF, DOC, TXT or eBook Do we still know how to read a novel John Sutherland Chairman of the 2005 Booker Prize Committee asks His disheartened answer is an uneuivocal No But Sutherland has not given up hope With acerbic wit and intellect he traces the history of what it used to mean to be well read and tells readers what it still means today Using this delightful book as a means to an end he reminds readers how the delicate charms of fiction can be at once wonderful and inspired and infuriating            On one level this is a book about novels how they work what they're about what m. Like many Goodreads descriptions the one above simply reproduces the glowing jacket copy That needs to be taken with a grain or a block of salt When I told my wife and oldest daughter that I d bought a remaindered copy of this book for a dollar they were both skeptical they felt that since I ve been reading novels for over 50 years I don t need any instruction in that area As a general principle I m sure I could benefit from insight and systematic instruction never having had much literary training beyond high school and college survey courses But in the concrete case of this particular book their skepticism proved to be amply justifiedSutherland a British university don and newspaper columnist who twice chaired the Man Booker Prize England s euivalent of the Pulitzer committee has clearly read a lot of novels has opinions about them and likes voicing his opinions Most Goodreaders can say the same and most of us enjoy reading others opinions too But even with a chapter organization that s very logically ordered in terms of a reader s physical experience of a book the problem is that Sutherland s opinions and factual information here don t constitute a user s manual for novel owners nor live up to the advertised goal of really giving any significant practical instruction in how to read one Nor does he give any very systematic practical guidance on how to choose novels to read in the first place though he gives that topic rhetorical attention than the advertised one gets His observations on both topics are sketchy and general boil down to glorified common sense whenever they re tangible and are often annoyingly noncommital For instance should we pay any attention to reviews Well yes and no What about best seller lists Uh maybe there are pros and cons Should I buy hardback or paperback Maybe And so it goes Granted there are complexities and tradeoffs involved in all of these uestions But Sutherland sometimes creates the impression of being a self appointed guide who s afraid to do any guiding One wonders if the title here was his idea or his publisher s and if My Random Thoughts About Novels I ve Read wouldn t have been a descriptive one if less commercially enticingThere are a few pluses here not many which is why I gave the book a second star and it probably was a gift For a modern academic Sutherland writes in a reasonably accessible style clearly meant for general readers he very rarely uses jargon and almost always defines it if he does though I still don t know what GBH stands for His prose style tends to be witty of course it can also be viewed as snide and snarky depending on how you feel about his targets which often include Americans in general for instance He s secure enough in his position to take a few jabs at political correctness though he also has plenty of fashionable establishment prejudices Unlike most modern pundits he recognizes the enduring value of paper books and their intrinsic advantages over e books and is optimistic about their survival and he doesn t share the cultural elite s total prejudice against popular and genre fiction though the vast majority of modern novels that he discusses here are of the self styled literary sort Finally in places his content can be anywhere from moderately to very interesting I did pick up a certain amount of worthwhile information here about the history of the book the world of fiction and the current literary sceneHowever there are also significant flaws even besides the basic one noted above His topically arranged chapters are too short to do than skim the surface of each of their topics not to treat it in full For instance yes knowing something of the history of the novel is useful background for reading one but Fiction a four minute history is too sketchy to help anybody As he noted modern publishers do use sex as a blatant advertising tool but though he didn t put a bikini clad beauty on the cover he tends to resort to something similar in choosing examples to illustrate his various points he has a marked tendency to go for the most salacious ones he can find and that gets old uickly More importantly he makes some significant factual errors that I could catch in his discussion of some novels which makes me wonder how many there are I didn t catch because I wasn t familiar with the book in uestionIn summary reading this book for me was something like kicking back and talking about novels with an opinionated friend except that I get the distinct impression that I m not the sort of person he d enjoy kicking back with or reading the reviews and comments of a fellow Goodreader whom you know is very smart and well spoken but who doesn t have very similar tastes If you read it you might often be entertained sometimes intellectually stimulated to agree or disagree with a thought sometimes educated with a factoid or anecdote and at times bored out of your skull But what you will NOT do is learn how to read a novel Bastards Whiskey to read a novel 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How to Read a Novel A User's Guide characters ☆ PDF, DOC, TXT or eBook Flirtation with text and style it is a business Taking his readers on a trip to the bookshop he helps them judge a book by its cover based on design and color wondering aloud what genre might be best even going so far as to analyze one of the latest American bestsellers to further help the buying reader choose the novel that is right for him or her             In a book that is as wry and humorous as it is learned and opinionated John Sutherland tells you everything you always wanted to know about how to read fiction better than you do now but were afraid to as. A slightly misleading title ironic the back cover says the book will help us recognize a misleading title at first glance This is not one of those Harold Bloom or James Woods how fiction works type books It s casual and chatty it discusses publishing dust covers fonts and margins author photographs book reviews awards the author served on the Man Booker jury whether Martians will understand Pride and Prejudice whether John Banville understood Ian McEwan s Saturday whether Bret Easton Ellis is telling the truth whether we should buy hardbacks or paperbacks After I d gotten through the brief stupid sections discussing e books Bill Gates and Tarantino s Pulp Fiction it became an enjoyable read

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How to Read a Novel A User's Guide characters ☆ PDF, DOC, TXT or eBook Akes them good or bad and how to talk about them At a deeper level this is a book in which one of the most intimate tête à têtes is described one in which a reader meets a novel Will a great love affair begin Will the rendezvous end in disappointment Who can say In order for the relationship to take its appropriate course all the details must be clearly acknowledged and understood for their complexities plot point of view character style pace first and last sentences and even beauty            Still Sutherland knows a true understanding of fiction is than a. WOOO I M DONE WITH IT I am so glad that I m done with itYou may think I m being a bit dramatic considering the book s only 250 pages and I spent two days reading it not even two full days just free minutes within them so it s not like it took me a long time But it felt like time was dragging when I was reading itIt s not a bad book per se It s just totally and utterly useless to any bibliophiles who have spent the better part of their life reading Or anyone who reads and constantly evaluates what they re reading as opposed to reading masses of Harleuin romances one genre incessantly or just bestsellers This is a book for a novice someone just beginning to take reading semi seriously and wants something that can only be described as a cross between a collection of essays and a narrative to himself the author and not in a good wayJohn Sutherland was a Prof of English at UCL and was twice on the Man Booker Prize committee Clearly he has been a reader most of his life knows a hell of a lot and wants to somehow impart this with the world The problem is that s what it reads like someone who has information but is unsure how to beueath it and someone who is all too self awareThis book was a total waste of time for me If you re intelligent enough to vary your reading think for yourself whether you want to read a book instead of being pushed into it by prize winning novels or bestsellers or if you ve been reading consistently longer than five years don t bother Trust me it will only serve to frustrate you


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    Read How to Read a Novel A User's Guide John Sutherland Ô 4 Free read [How to Read a Novel A User's Guide] EBOOK / KINDLE I didn't mean to read this book when I had come across it some months ago somewhere in Bangkok but I changed my mind Later I vaguely recalled his name from an OUP hardcover in its omnibus edition I decided to bu

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    review ´ PDF, DOC, TXT or eBook Ô John Sutherland [How to Read a Novel A User's Guide] EBOOK / KINDLE John Sutherland Ô 4 Free read Like many Goodreads descriptions the one above simply reproduces the glowing jacket copy That needs to be taken with a grain or a block of salt When I told my wife and oldest daughter that I'd bought a remaindered copy of this book for a dollar they were both skeptical; they felt that since I've been reading novels for over 50 years I don't

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    John Sutherland Ô 4 Free read review ´ PDF, DOC, TXT or eBook Ô John Sutherland Read How to Read a Novel A User's Guide WOOO I’M DONE WITH IT I am so glad that I’m done with itYou may think I’m being a bit dramatic considering the book’s only 250 pages a

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    [How to Read a Novel A User's Guide] EBOOK / KINDLE review ´ PDF, DOC, TXT or eBook Ô John Sutherland John Sutherland Ô 4 Free read I'd thought this book to be an exploration of the innards of a novel plot structure etc which it's not But I found it no less enjoyable for being instead an extended love letter to the form with such discourses as the history of the novel the use of genres critical receptions celebrity authors the hidden secrets to be gleaned fro

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    [How to Read a Novel A User's Guide] EBOOK / KINDLE John Sutherland Ô 4 Free read review ´ PDF, DOC, TXT or eBook Ô John Sutherland As the title suggests a thoroughly pretentious often infuriating very occasionally interesting exercise by an important critic whose name I'd never heard of Sutherland's prose flies by the only reason I finished the thing and he does manage to provide some solid information on the history of the novel though nothing that

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    Read How to Read a Novel A User's Guide [How to Read a Novel A User's Guide] EBOOK / KINDLE review ´ PDF, DOC, TXT or eBook Ô John Sutherland A slightly misleading title ironic the back cover says the book will help us recognize a misleading title at first glance This is not one of those Harold Bloom or James Woods how fiction works type books It's casual and chatty; it discusses publishing dust covers fonts and margins author photographs book reviews awards the author served on the Man Booker jury whether Martians will understand Pride and Prejudice whether John Banville underst

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    review ´ PDF, DOC, TXT or eBook Ô John Sutherland John Sutherland Ô 4 Free read [How to Read a Novel A User's Guide] EBOOK / KINDLE I like John Sutherland's style his wit and his choice of reading While much of this book contained information that was not new to me there were bits of wisdom about reading novels within every chapter that made the book worthwhile

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