How to Talk about Books You Haven't Read
Narrated by Grover Gardner / 4 hours 29 minutes
In this delightfully tongue-in-cheek book, a #3 bestseller in France, 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. Using examples from works by Graham Greene, Umberto Eco, Paul Valery, and many others-and even the movie Groundhog Day-Bayard examines the many kinds of "non-reading" (forgotten books, unknown books, books discussed by others, books we've skimmed briefly) and the many situations in which we are called upon to discuss books with others. The book urges everyone who's ever felt guilty about missing some of the great books to consider what reading means, how we absorb books as a part of ourselves, and why we spend so much time talking about what we have, or haven't, read.
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