The Child That Books Built: A Life in Reading

The Child That Books Built: A Life in Reading

by Francis Spufford

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In this extended love letter to children's books and the wonders they perform, Francis Spufford makes a confession: books were his mother, his father, his school. Reading made him who he is. To understand the thrall of fiction, Spufford goes back to his earliest encounters with books, exploring such beloved classics as The Wind in the Willows, The Little House on the Prairie, and The Chronicles of Narnia. He recreates the excitement of discovery, writing joyfully of the moment when fuzzy marks on a page become words. Weaving together child development, personal reflection, and social observation, Spufford shows the force of fiction in shaping a child: how stories allow for escape from pain and mastery of the world, how they shift our boundaries of the sayable, how they stretch the chambers of our imagination.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780312421847
Publisher: Picador
Publication date: 12/01/2003
Edition description: First Edition
Pages: 224
Sales rank: 589,207
Product dimensions: 5.50(w) x 8.50(h) x 0.52(d)

About the Author

Francis Spufford is also the author of I May Be Some Time (Picador). He was named Sunday Times (London) Young Writer of the Year and received the 1997 Somerset Maugham and Writers' Guild Awards. He lives in London.

Table of Contents

1Confessions of an English Fiction Eater1
2The Forest23
3The Island64
4The Town108
5The Hole149

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WholeHouseLibrary on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
I am somewhat ambivalent about The Child That Books Built: A Life in Reading. This is a scholarly work to a large degree, yet we learn details of the author's life that frankly, I didn't really want to know about and am not a better person for the knowledge. There is LOTS of information imparted that I hadn't known, though, that I found particularly insightful and otherwise quite interesting, and am glad that I took the chance and time to read it. I did not read any reviews prior to selecting this book. I would recommend The Child That Books Built only to avid readers who prefer "depth of analysis" over mere overviews of authors and children's books. I am guardedly intrigued by Mr. Spufford's writing, and will certainly consider reading more by him.