Tuesday, January 24, 2012
"The Western Lit Survival Kit" by Sandra Newman
Granted, I am the target audience. I love reading and make it a point to read more classics (hence the Back to the Classics Challenge that I host) but I have not studied literature. I am doing this on my own, and with the guidance, advice and recommendations of friends, family and fellow bloggers. So, I kind of feel like this book was written for me.
The book explores and offers the author's insight as to why certain books, poems or plays are so highly regarded (or perhaps why they shouldn't be). The tone of the book is light and funny, which helps keep it all interesting. However, it also confused me a bit in places. After reading a long passage about why a particular book is so great, there would be a joke thrown in that would undermine all that had she had previously said. I decided not to dwell on it though, and instead take general ideas from this book and use them in how I might approach the Classics I'll read in the future. Overall, I did enjoy the author's sense of humor throughout the book, especially the anecdotes she includes about the author's life or politics of the day.
I thought that this is a great introduction to the many books I have yet to read, as well as a nice remembrance of the books I have already read. If you are just getting started with the Classics, this might help you feel a little less lost among all those great works of literature.
The wonderful ladies at TLC Book Tours have offered a copy of this book to one of my readers! The giveaway is open to US and Canadian addresses only (no PO Boxes) and will run through January 31st. Please fill out THIS FORM to enter!
The Western Lit Survival Kit
by Sandra Newman
Source: TLC Book Tours
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