On Reading Well: Finding the Good Life through Great Books

On Reading Well: Finding the Good Life through Great Books

by Karen Swallow Prior, Leland Ryken

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Andrew Johnson More than 1 year ago
I have been a lover a good books since college especially fiction books. As it was the one type of genre I was missing in my degree. So i did not need to be convinced by Karen Swallow Prior to read great books. However, I gained something more valuable: How reading can help us live a good life. She does this by attaching a virtue to each fiction work and shows within that work the virtue lived out by the characters. For Example, Temperance is shown through "The Great Gatsby" by Fitzgerald. She does this in a way that does not completely spoil the reading of the work. I found that I gained a greater appreciation of "Gatsby" after reading the chapter. I even read it again and enjoyed it so much better then my first reading. The same thing happened with "Pilgrim's Progress." One of the few fiction books, I read in college as a part of my degree and I was not a fan of it when I read it. However, I am eager to go back a read it to see what I missed. Prior not only showed me to go back a read books that I have read but she convinced me to read authors I have tried to avoid, namely Jane Austen, Charles Dickens, and Mark Twain. I hate to admit by these authors always seemed boring to me probably because I was forced to read them in school. But after "On Reading Well," I am eager to read or listen to these books in the near future. Overall, what I appreciated most about "On Reading Well" is it stops this idea that I have to read non-fiction to live a virtuous life. Prior shows how you can read fiction and learn how to a live a virtuous life.