How to Read and Why

How to Read and Why

by Harold Bloom
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How to Read and Why 2.8 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 5 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I bought this book thinking that it would be a guide to better appreciate literature. I was wrong. I'm about to finish up a second graduate degree but I found it almost impossible to read this book. The tone was pompous and while it does discuss the pleasures of reading, the amount of digressions in this book is distracting. I do not recommend this book.
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Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I had to read this book for AP english 3 (of high school). I'm in a book club and everything...so i love books. But this book was toture. The guy basically gives you a little review of the story in a paragrah and then compares the writer to shakespere or whoever. He's doing this on and on through the book. It's annoying and it seems like he's pressuring the information on the reader. I didnt like that at all. So for my class, I'm just going to read the "summary" parts and skip everything else. I'm dreading it. He goes back and forth on his opioions and keeps talking about how this or that writer is like shakespere. Don't read it if you don't have to.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Bloom's book on the guiding principles of how to read and why is an effort to elucidate the great meaning and subsequent pleasure derived from literature for the solitary reader. While one realizes that any attempt to fully explain the importance of reading in some 300 pages can only achieve so much (not that 1000 more could make up the difference), I found the preface and introduction to the book particularly useful. Most important advice offered: Do not read to believe or disbelieve, but rather to consider, and make later judgements based on those considerations. Bloom's approach is rather academic, but I believe he does so in order to keep his commentary close to his own life experience- he is a professor at Yale. I suggest borrowing this one from the library before you run out to buy it- read some of the original works he comments on, then read his commentary- in the context of each section's intro and summary observations. Bloom is very earnest in his reading, and though worth your time TO CONSIDER, it not a book for the unambitious reader.