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By Alan Jacobs

ISBN-10: 0199747490

ISBN-13: 9780199747498

In recent times, cultural commentators have sounded the alarm concerning the dire country of studying in the United States. american citizens will not be examining adequate, they are saying, or studying definitely the right books, within the correct manner. during this ebook, Alan Jacobs argues that, opposite to the doomsayers, interpreting is alive and good in the United States. there are literally thousands of dedicated readers assisting 1000's of large bookstores and on-line booksellers. Oprah's booklet membership is highly influential, and a contemporary NEA survey unearths a precise uptick within the studying of literary fiction. Jacobs's interactions along with his scholars and the readers of his personal books, in spite of the fact that, recommend that many readers lack self assurance; they ponder whether they're analyzing good, with right concentration and attentiveness, with due discretion and discernment. Many have absorbed the puritanical message that studying is, initially, stable for you--the highbrow an identical of consuming your Brussels sprouts. For such humans, certainly for all readers, Jacobs bargains a few uncomplicated, strong, and masses wanted recommendation: learn at whim, learn what offers satisfaction, and accomplish that with out disgrace, even if or not it's Stephen King or the King James model of the Bible. not like the extra methodical procedure of Mortimer Adler's vintage How to learn a ebook (1940), Jacobs bargains an insightful, available, and playfully irreverent advisor for aspiring readers. each one bankruptcy specializes in one point of impending literary fiction, poetry, or nonfiction, and the publication explores every little thing from the discovery of silent examining, analyzing responsively, rereading, and studying on digital units. Invitingly written, with equivalent measures of wit and erudition, The Pleasures of studying in an Age of Distraction will attract all readers, whether or not they be beginners trying to find path or previous fingers trying to recapture the pleasures of interpreting they first skilled as young children.

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Je suis d’autant plus étonné par la maigreur du propos, dans cette introduction, que je viens de lire, de la plume du même Jean-François Chassay, un article remarquable, « La science à l’essai65 », où il examine consciencieusement, chez deux scientifiques essayistes, Jean-Marc Lévy-Leblond et Laurent-Michel Vacher, la forte présence du sujet attestée par un investissement passionné dans la langue de leurs écrits respectifs. LUI – Au contraire, dans l’anthologie de Laurent Mailhot66, on peut dire que la table est mise, et copieusement : une étude de soixante pages pour présenter les textes !

Puis-je suggérer qu’on pourrait d’abord libérer l’essai d’approximations comme « l’essai proprement dit » ou de pléonasmes comme « l’essai littéraire » ou « l’essayiste écrivain », quitte à redonner au mot essai sa pleine valeur suggestive. ��. Milan Kundera, « Préface », dans François Ricard, La littérature contre elle-même, Montréal, Les Éditions du Boréal Express, 1985, p. 8. Int. indd 37 12/1/08 2:28:49 PM 24 Acte I Dialogue sur l’essai et la culture L’AUTRE – Si j’ai bien compris, cher ami, il ne semble pas inutile de revenir encore de nos jours sur les paramètres de l’essai.

Analogie éclairante : la musique aussi a un sens mais il faut passer par les sons pour l’appréhender. Exemple récent, déjà cité, celui de l’essai d’Éric-Emmanuel Schmitt, Ma vie avec Mozart, une vie qui a retrouvé sens et direction au contact d’un musicien. LUI – J’aimerais joindre à cette réflexion sur le statut littéraire ambigu de l’essai un témoignage que je trouve particulièrement pénétrant, celui de Pierre Vadeboncœur, auteur d’un très bel essai intitulé Les deux royaumes99. Les lecteurs ont réservé à cette œuvre un accueil enthousiaste, dont on peut lire un écho dans une « réflexion à plusieurs voix suscitée par le livre de Vadeboncœur », publiée dans la revue Liberté100.

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