OVERRIDE

How to Read a Novel

A User's Guide

John Sutherland

St. Martin's Griffin

John Sutherland, Chairman of the 2005 Booker Prize Committee, traces the history of what it used to mean to be well-read and explains what it still means today while reminding readers how the delicate charms of fiction can be at once wonderful and inspired and infuriating. This is a book about novels, but it is also a book in which one of the most intimate tête-à-têtes is described—one in which a reader meets a novel.
 
Sutherland aims to help readers choose the right books for them, recognize a misleading title or cover, look beyond the politics of book reviewers, learn to read and appreciate the value of epigraphs, forewords, afterwords—to understand themes only hinted at in the main text, and find real aspects of the author hidden in the narrative structure.

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"How to Read a Novel is a lighthearted, often funny book. And oddly calming. There may not be time to read everything, but at least there is some hope of doing it well."--The Los Angeles Times
"A quick and lively view of the novel that mixes practical wisdom and theory...highly recommended."--Library Journal
"Informed, wise, witty, urbane, sententious by turns…a relaxing but stimulating read."--Public Library Journal (UK)

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ABOUT THE AUTHOR

  • John Sutherland

  • JOHN SUTHERLAND is a professor at University College London who has published and edited numerous books.  He writes for The Guardian, The New York Times Book Review, and London Review of Books. He was the 2005 Man Book Prize committee chairman. He lives in London, England.
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A User's Guide

John Sutherland

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