How to Be Well Read

How to Be Well Read As the annual flood of published novels grows ever greater it s a hard a job to keep up let alone sort the wheat from the chaff Fortunately literary sleuth and academic John Sutherland is on hand t
  • Title: How to Be Well Read
  • Author: John Sutherland
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  • Page: 180
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  • How to Be Well Read
    As the annual flood of published novels grows ever greater, it s a hard a job to keep up, let alone sort the wheat from the chaff Fortunately, literary sleuth and academic John Sutherland is on hand to do precisely that In the course of over 500 wittily informative pieces he gives us his own very personal take on the most rewarding, most remarkable and, on occasion, mostAs the annual flood of published novels grows ever greater, it s a hard a job to keep up, let alone sort the wheat from the chaff Fortunately, literary sleuth and academic John Sutherland is on hand to do precisely that In the course of over 500 wittily informative pieces he gives us his own very personal take on the most rewarding, most remarkable and, on occasion, most shamelessly enjoyable works of fiction ever written the perfect reading list for the would be literary expert.His taste is impressively eclectic An appreciation of Apuleius s The Golden Ass arguably the first ever novel is followed by a consideration of Ian Fleming s Goldfinger The Handmaid s Tale is followed by Hangover Square, Jane Eyre by Jaws There are imposing Victorian novels, entertaining contemporary thrillers and everything in between, from dystopian works to romance.The flavour of each is brilliantly evoked and its relative merits or demerits assessed At the same time, John Sutherland shows how the work fits into a broader context whether that of the author s life or of other books from the same genre or period And he offers endless snippets of intriguing information did you know, for example, that the Nazis banned Bambi or that William Faulkner wrote As I Lay Dying on an upturned wheelbarrow that Voltaire completed Candide in three days, or that Anna Sewell was paid 20 for Black Beauty Encyclopedic and entertaining by turns, this is a wonderful dip in book, whose opinions will inform and on occasion, no doubt, infuriate It is also effectively a history of the novel in 500 or so bite sized pieces.
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  • John Sutherland

    John Andrew Sutherland is an English lecturer, emeritus professor, newspaper columnist and author.Now Emeritus Lord Northcliffe Professor of Modern English Literature at University College London, John Sutherland began his academic career after graduating from the University of Leicester as an assistant lecturer in Edinburgh in 1964 He specialises in Victorian fiction, 20th century literature, and the history of publishing.Apart from writing a regular column in the The Guardian newspaper, Sutherland has published seventeen as of 2004 books and is editing the forthcoming Oxford Companion to Popular Fiction The series of books which starts with Was Heathcliff a Murderer has brought him a wide readership The books in the series are collections of essays Each essay takes a piece of classic fiction, almost always from the Victorian period Carefully going over every word of the text, Sutherland highlights apparent inconsistencies, anachronisms and oversights, and explains references which the modern reader is likely to overlook In some cases he demonstrates the likelihood that the author simply forgot a minor detail In others, apparent slips on the part of the author are presented as evidence that something is going on beyond the surface of the book which is not explicitly described such as his explanation for why Sherlock Holmes should mis address Miss Stoner as Miss Roylott in The Adventure of the Speckled Band.In 2001, he published Last Drink to LA, a moving chronicle of his alcoholism and his return to sobriety.In 2005, he was involved in Dot Mobile s project to translate summaries and quotes of classic literature into text messaging shorthand In the same year he was also Chair of Judges for the Booker Prize.In June 2007 he published an autobiography The Boy Who Loved Books A Memoir On 18 December 2007 his annotated edition of Robert Louis Stevenson s The Black Arrow was released by Penguin Books.

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  • I ve only had this two days and it s 503 pages long so I haven t read than 60 pages or so but I can review it already because every page is the same same same same same Mr Sutherland takes a novel and summarises you the whole plot, including the end, in a slightly waggish manner You have to go over these entries with a magnifying glass to find any clue to whether he actually liked it or not You might assume that he did, because it s included here, but THIS ISN T A GUIDE.Check it out in the pref [...]


  • How to be well read A guide to 500 great novels Impressive title Except that it s misleading Complete bollocks in fact Okay I know it s a matter of opinion, and yes I m a pretentious book snob But really Harry Potter and Fifty Shades But not The Savage Detectives Sorry but I can t take this seriously No wonder our culture is dumbed down when a college professor pays lip service to the anti literate majority As usual there is the condescending flood of English speaking novels almost ignoring the [...]


  • I thought this was possibly going to be quite serious and would break down a lot of the classics There was a little of this but also a fair amount of not so serious summations of plots Plus, why is 50 Shades in a book on being well read


  • I love books about books, particularly if they are packed with academic trivia, and I relish those by John Sutherland in particular His love of reading and the breadth of his reading always shine through, as does his enthusiasm for sharing his favourite books How to be Well Read consists of pithy articles about 500 great novels and a handful of literary curiosities They range from established classics, to genre favourites and some that are downright mad or dangerous What I most love from this so [...]


  • Any new John Sutherland is a delight I quite clearly haven t read enough of these, although interestingly a few of them seem to be chosen deliberately as ones to avoid plus one is made up.I shall of course try to read , but I m still on 1001 BTRBYD


  • This is definitely not the sort of book to read cover to cover It gives short synopses and some critical thoughts on a range of novels from airport blockbusters to culture so high that they re nearly impossible to read It s fun to see what the author an academic thinks of the books you ve read and I picked up a few to add to my To Read list.


  • Fun to read, very short pieces on 519 books ranging from pop fiction to classics Very interesting to see his takes on books I have read, as well as some intriguing suggestions for future reading.



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