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How to Talk About Books You Haven't Read [Download] ➼ How to Talk About Books You Haven't Read Author Pierre Bayard – Buyprobolan50.co.uk If cultured people are expected to have read all the significant works of literature, and thousands are published each year, what are we supposed to do in those inevitable social situations where we r If cultured people are expected to have Talk About ePUB ☆ read all the significant works of literature, and thousands are published each year, what are we supposed to do in those inevitable social situations where we re forced to talk about books we haven t read In this delightfully witty, provocative book, a huge hit in France that How to ePUB ´ has drawn attention from critics and readers around the world, literature professor and psychoanalyst Pierre Bayard argues that not having read a book need not be an impediment to having an interesting conversation about it In fact, he says, in certain situations reading the book is the worst thing you could do Using examples from such to Talk About Epub à writers as Graham Greene, Oscar Wilde, Montaigne, and Umberto Eco, he describes the varieties of non reading from books that you ve never heard of to books that you ve read and forgotten and offers advice on how to turn a sticky social situation into an occasion for creative brilliance Practical, funny, and thought provoking, How to Talk About books You Haven t read is in the end a love letter to books, offering a whole new perspective on how we read and absorb them It s a book for book lovers everywhere to enjoy, ponder, and argue about and perhaps even readPierre Bayard is a professor of French literature at the University of Paris VIII and a psychoanalyst He is the author of Who Killed Roger Ackroyd and of many other books Jeffrey Mehlman is a professor of French at Boston University and the author of a number of books, including Emigr New York He has translated works by Derrida, Lacan, Blanchot, and other authors.

    How to Talk About books You Haven't Read MOBI ´ to to Talk About books You Haven t read is in the end a love letter to books, offering a whole new perspective on how we read and absorb them It s a book for book lovers everywhere to enjoy, ponder, and argue about and perhaps even readPierre Bayard is a professor of French literature at the University of Paris VIII and a psychoanalyst He is the author of Who Killed Roger Ackroyd and of many other books Jeffrey Mehlman is a professor of French at Boston University and the author of a number of books, including Emigr New York He has translated works by Derrida, Lacan, Blanchot, and other authors."/>
  • Hardcover
  • 208 pages
  • How to Talk About Books You Haven't Read
  • Pierre Bayard
  • 10 November 2017
  • 1551929627

About the Author: Pierre Bayard

Pierre Bayard born is a French Talk About ePUB ☆ author, professor of literature and connoisseur of psychologyBayard s recent book Comment parler des livres que l on n a pas lus , or How to talk about books you haven t read , is a bestseller in France and has received much critical attention in English language How to ePUB ´ pressA few of his books present revisionist readings of famous fictional mysteries Not only does he argue that the real murderer is not the one that the author presents to us, but in addition these works suggest that the author subconsciously knew who the real culprit is His book L Affaire du Chien des Baskerville to Talk About Epub à was published in English as Sherlock Holmes was Wrong Re opening the Case of the Hound of the Baskervilles His earlier book Who Killed Roger Ackroyd re investigates Agatha Christie s The Murder of Roger Ackroyd His book on Hamlet which argues that Claudius did not kill Hamlet s father remains untranslated into English.



10 thoughts on “How to Talk About Books You Haven't Read

  1. Manny Manny says:

    Most of the people who criticize this book are referring to the English translation How To Talk About Books You Haven t Read If you take the trouble to consult the original French edition, you ll see all sorts of clever allusions to the intertextual tradition that has grown up in Continental Philosophy over the last 40 years, many of which are lost in the transition to a different language When Derrida observed that nous sommes tous des bricoleurs, he was stating a daring new thesis Now, when Most of the people who criticize this book are referring to the English translation How To Talk About Books You Haven t Read If you take the trouble to consult the original French edition, you ll see all sorts of clever allusions to the intertextual tradition that has grown up in Continental Philosophy over the last 40 years, many of which are lost in the transition to a different language When Derrida observed that nous sommes tous des bricoleurs, he was stating a daring new thesis Now, when so much of what is written is hypertext, and works are directly linked together so that a single mouse click can take us to a different book, Derrida s argument is just common sense Try explaining it to a Web literate 15 year old, and see if you can make them understand why anyone would have found it surprising.The rest of this review is available elsewhere the location cannot be given for Goodreads policy reasons

  2. Katherine Cowley Katherine Cowley says:

    If Pierre Bayard was in charge of Goodreads, the three standard categories Read, Currently Reading, Want to Read would be entirely eliminated Instead there would be Books that are unknown to me I don t know about them and am not aware of them Books that I have skimmed Books that I have heard about you can know lots about Romeo and Juliet even if you ve never read the play and finally, Books that I have Forgotten.You will note that there is no category for having read a book, for as so If Pierre Bayard was in charge of Goodreads, the three standard categories Read, Currently Reading, Want to Read would be entirely eliminated Instead there would be Books that are unknown to me I don t know about them and am not aware of them Books that I have skimmed Books that I have heard about you can know lots about Romeo and Juliet even if you ve never read the play and finally, Books that I have Forgotten.You will note that there is no category for having read a book, for as soon as we read the words on the pages we start to forget them This is the real reason I personally review books on Goodreads like Montaigne, a famous essayist, and a self proclaimed forgetter of books I realize that they are ephemeral, that my experience of them disappears, sometimes to where I forget the book entirely Reviewing a book on Goodreads does not make me remember the book, but it does help me record a particular reaction and experience with it at a particular time Further, we forget books because it is impossible to pin a text down, to make it stationary the context of the book and its interpretations, and its place in the collective library, are always changing And we too, as readers, are changing.Bayard goes so far to propose that it is better to be an active non reader than part of the mob of passive readers 185 In some ways this is tongue in cheek I don t believe Bayard is proposing we give up books entirely but he thinks it isimportant to talk about books than to read them, to be able to place them in a critical and cultural context, and most importantly, we need to be creators ourselves Much of the book takes on a humorous, tongue in cheek tone, which adds to the experience of reading and forgetting this text This book reminds me of what I loved about college classes, particularly graduate school classes But it also reminds me of why I have no interest in pursuing a PhD or becoming a theorist In large part, Bayard s audience is for academics who frequently find themselves having to talk about books they haven t read But he is, on a wider scale, writing to anyone who is a reader and a thinker.I now feel no shame in reviewing books I have skimmed on Goodreads Bayard quotes Oscar Wilde, speaking through one of his characters on the virtues of not reading To know the vintage and quality of a wine one need not drink the whole cask 170 This book also makes me want to spendtime thinking about connections between books and how everything fits together And now for my favorite quote in the book Bayard is discussing our inner libraries that set of booksaround which every personality is constructed, and which then shapes each person s individual relationship to books and to other people He goes on to say For we arethan simple shelters for our inner libraries we are the sum of these accumulated books Little by little, these books have made us who we are, and they cannot be separated from us without causing us suffering.Comments that challenge the books in our inner libraries, attacking what has become a part of our identity, may wound us to the core of our being 73 4

  3. Jason Pettus Jason Pettus says:

    This is one of four newish books I recently read mostly so I could finally get them off my queue list, all of which were actually pretty good but are mere wisps of manuscripts, none of them over 150 pages or so in length This one is the surprisingly thoughtful How to Talk About Books You Haven t Read, by a hip French literature professor named Pierre Bayard because make no mistake, this is not exactly a practical how to guide to faking your way through cocktail parties, buta sneaky exami This is one of four newish books I recently read mostly so I could finally get them off my queue list, all of which were actually pretty good but are mere wisps of manuscripts, none of them over 150 pages or so in length This one is the surprisingly thoughtful How to Talk About Books You Haven t Read, by a hip French literature professor named Pierre Bayard because make no mistake, this is not exactly a practical how to guide to faking your way through cocktail parties, buta sneaky examination of what it means to read a book anyway, if by read you mean understand, relate to, can recall details of, and can discuss with others After all, if we read a book as a child and then completely forget its story as an adult, do we still get to count that as a read book Bayard gets into all kinds of interesting questions like this, ultimately arguing that the most important thing we can do as readers is understand the entire time period that book is a result of in the goal of accomplishing that, then, he argues that it s perfectly okay to just read the Cliff Notes of famous huge books you know you re never going to get around to actually reading, perfectly okay to discuss a book at a cocktail party you re familiar with but haven t actually sat down and scanned each and every page This is how we learn, he argues, how we grow as both humans and patrons of the arts every Wikipedia entry we read, every conversation we fake our way through, every BBC adaptation we check out, ultimately helps us understand the full length books we do sit and closely read from the beginning to the end, which is why we shouldn t be ashamed of any of these activities but rather proud of them Funny, smart, and very French a very fun afternoon of reading.Out of 10 9.2

  4. David David says:

    This book, which I read in its entirety, is about 25% sensible commentary wrapped in an irritating froth of supercilious bullshit Professor Bayard has a number of observations to make about the whole exercise of reading, some of which are insightful and on point and many of which are bloody obvious The irritating part is that each little nugget is presented with the kind of self congratulatory smugness befitting a Faberge egg But, for the most part, the professor doesn t scintillate nearly as This book, which I read in its entirety, is about 25% sensible commentary wrapped in an irritating froth of supercilious bullshit Professor Bayard has a number of observations to make about the whole exercise of reading, some of which are insightful and on point and many of which are bloody obvious The irritating part is that each little nugget is presented with the kind of self congratulatory smugness befitting a Faberge egg But, for the most part, the professor doesn t scintillate nearly as much as he imagines.As other reviewers have noted, the title is misleading Bayard is not interested in providing you with a bluffer s guide Instead, his tongue in cheek advocacy of non reading is used as a point of departure to explore the whole exercise of reading from a variety of perspectives An odd feature of the book is the amount of time spent exhorting us to overcome the feelings of guilt and inadequacy we are assumed to experience because we read so little The assumption seems ill founded and saysabout the author s potential insecurities than anything else So, the book is sporadically witty and makes a number of decent points Why didn t I like itProbably because it is neither as witty or as clever as the author obviously believes it to be

  5. Debnance Debnance says:

    Catchy title Was it a parody Was the author writing in earnest I heard an interview with the author on NPR and realized there might beto this book than I d initially thought.Bayard defintes books you haven t read broadly, including the obvious books never opened , but adding books skimmed , books you ve heard about but that you ve never read , and books you ve read but that you ve forgotten Whew That doesn t leave much to put into the book log for the year, does it How many bo Catchy title Was it a parody Was the author writing in earnest I heard an interview with the author on NPR and realized there might beto this book than I d initially thought.Bayard defintes books you haven t read broadly, including the obvious books never opened , but adding books skimmed , books you ve heard about but that you ve never read , and books you ve read but that you ve forgotten Whew That doesn t leave much to put into the book log for the year, does it How many books, read cover to cover, remain vivid in one s mind, long after the book has been returned to the shelf I took away from this book what I found to be Bayard s main thought Don t let anything stop you from talking about books Reading, he says, is imperfect A reader won t take away from a book the same things another reader will nor the same things the author might have hoped his readers would take away from the book It is okay, Bayard assures us, to skim books It is okay to misunderstand books It is okay to forget books But, Bayard continues, don t let any of these things stop you from reading books, from talking about books, from writing about books, from thinking about books.But, then again, I may have misunderstood the whole thing

  6. Alexa Garvoille Alexa Garvoille says:

    I should say as a disclaimer that I actually took a course with Pierre Bayard at the Universit de Paris 8 a few years back and would like to share two observations on that point first, the course I took was titled Madame Bovary, yet at no point in the course did we actually read Flaubert second, Bayard is muchengaging not to mention friendlier and less pompous in print.Bayard s playful essay livre is a simple retelling of Reader Response Theory crafted for the thoughtfully self a I should say as a disclaimer that I actually took a course with Pierre Bayard at the Universit de Paris 8 a few years back and would like to share two observations on that point first, the course I took was titled Madame Bovary, yet at no point in the course did we actually read Flaubert second, Bayard is muchengaging not to mention friendlier and less pompous in print.Bayard s playful essay livre is a simple retelling of Reader Response Theory crafted for the thoughtfully self absorbed masses Well written and translated, this piece successfully develops a unique and usable critical vocabulary inner library collective library virtual library inner book screen book phantom book , draws strictly upon literary examples, and develops in a thoughtful progression of chapters all the trappings of good lit theory His psychoanalyst perspective frames reading as an attempt to locate one s own inner book, in a never ending return to the ego that calls up Freud s theories on repetition and return to childhood While this egotistical approach to reading would offend those high school English teachers hell bent on plot they d give Bayard a red check for optimistically re writing the ending of Eco s The Name of the Rose he always thinks the library was saved from the flames , I think this book certainly deserves the praise and publicity it has garnered, if only to introduce to those impoverished souls that, yes, there isthan one way to read a book.I plan to compare this book with Harry G Frankfurter s earlier essay On Bullshit, as the shared premise of having to speak convincingly of things one doesn t know about leads them to opposing moral viewpoints on this less than informed verbal act.See The Rebellious Reader in the near future for

  7. Chadi Raheb Chadi Raheb says:

    The most boring book ever I gave up on after wasting so much time on the half of it forcing myself to keep reading

  8. K.D. Absolutely K.D. Absolutely says:

    This books tries to make us all less guilty about not reading books I agree that in reality we will never have time to read all the books even those that critics recommend in say 1001 BOOKS YOU MUST READ BEFORE YOU DIE or even the shorter 501 MUST READ BOOKS We can browse and skim and claim that we were able to read them all but who are we fooling This is precisely why Bayard, a college literature professor in Paris came up with this sensational book it teaches us how to not read a book but s This books tries to make us all less guilty about not reading books I agree that in reality we will never have time to read all the books even those that critics recommend in say 1001 BOOKS YOU MUST READ BEFORE YOU DIE or even the shorter 501 MUST READ BOOKS We can browse and skim and claim that we were able to read them all but who are we fooling This is precisely why Bayard, a college literature professor in Paris came up with this sensational book it teaches us how to not read a book but still be able to talk about it His example is not reading James Joyce s opus, ULYSSES and be able to talk about by saying what could be a common knowledge that probably gets from the Google One can also talk about the author, or similar book or admit not to have the opportunity to read it and show interest.Fortunately or unfortunately, I had not yet a chance to talk about the books that I have not read In fact, I have very little instances to even talk about the books that I already read It could be that I am not in an academe like Bayard or simply I do not share the same reading passion as most of my colleagues in the office and those few that share this hobby enjoy a different genre in literature mostly escapist novels.So, this book has little to do with me I will continue reading, Tata J but I will still read the other book How to REALLY Talk About the Books That You Have Not Read some other time

  9. X-ray Iris X-ray Iris says:

    Didn t actually read it I didn t care for the design So I suppose I shouldn t have it on the read shelf I got the sense of the thing, and it spent a lot of time on my night table But I already know, anyway, how to talk about books I haven t read.

  10. Wayne Wayne says:

    Pierre Bayard ISN T THAT DUMB Perhaps he s just being very TRES FRANCAIS He s certainly CLEVERthereforeWITTY.SoTHOUGHT PROVOKING.Only a DUMBO would try to talk about a book they hadn t read I doubt if a DUMBO could GET this book anyway It a about LOTS of other very amusing ideas to do with books, and so should be readily lapped up bywell,like people on GOODREADS, of course although we have ALL met those we regard as DUMBOS on Goodreadsand WE sure AREN T them Pierre Bayard ISN T THAT DUMB Perhaps he s just being very TRES FRANCAIS He s certainly CLEVERthereforeWITTY.SoTHOUGHT PROVOKING.Only a DUMBO would try to talk about a book they hadn t read I doubt if a DUMBO could GET this book anyway It a about LOTS of other very amusing ideas to do with books, and so should be readily lapped up bywell,like people on GOODREADS, of course although we have ALL met those we regard as DUMBOS on Goodreadsand WE sure AREN T them..are we I only wish he d put something in about people who REread books.What one has forgotten or wrongly recalls is FASCINATING.And people who MISread bookslike MOST female Jane Austen fans who mistakenly think they are reading one of the earliest Mills and Booms, especially with Mr Darcy Colin Firth s TV Mr.Darcy is a real misreadingprobably purposefully.Laurence Olivier gives the AUTHENTIC Mr Darcy.Having Aldous Huxley as one of the script writers may have helped A lot hate EMMA which was JA s favourite.She wouldn t be too keen on these fans.They come to JA with a preconception and are blind to what doesn t fit.The Jane Austen Societies seem to mostly prefer the Victorian portrait which is a travesty with curls, enlarged eyes with longer lashes, botoxed lips and slimmer facethe exact opposite to the image her sister Cassandra produced from a life study Why let Real Life get in the way of your Fantasies The Bronte Society was aghast when an actual PHOTOGRAPH of Charlotte was discoveredfar too real for the fansa well chosen word that,having origins in fanatic Thornton Wilder s The Bridge at San Luis Rey is another.Most readers think they are reading what the monk discovered about the destinies of the several people who fall to their deaths when a rope bridge gives way.It is actually about what the monk FAILED to find out.WE, the readers, are told this specifically by some unknown narrator.many people don t SEE iteven though they actually READ it.I did TOO.Then there are FAMOUS QUOTATIONS , from both books and movies.They are so often MISquotes, yet remain sacrosanctly incorrect.We have come to LOVE them so,that we really DON T want them corrected How PERVERSE is THAT You ll LOVE Pierre s book.I m not going to spoil it by telling you a single thing about it s contents.WHY Because you JUST MIGHT want to talk about this book you haven t yet read at your next dinner party.RIGHT

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