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Vintage Reading: From Plato to Bradbury: A Personal Tour of Some of the World S Best Books

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Presents a collection of essays unlike any other stuffy attempt at introducing the modern reader to the Great Books.
Paperback, 243 pages
Published February 1st 1998 by Bancroft Press
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Jul 06, 2013 Tashia rated it it was amazing
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I won this book on Goodreads a while back. If you ever want to be inspired to read classics that you otherwise thought was boring and/or want to have many books summarized for you in one place before reading the actual book, then this is the book you need as a guideline. I enjoyed the thoughts and opinions prepared on many classics as it made me want to pick up a few when I was recently in Barnes and Nobles. If you are not sure what to read next, read this and it will guide you in the right dire ...more
Oct 21, 2015 Qi rated it liked it
I picked up this book rather accidentally. It is a compilation of short book notes based on the wide-ranged reading by the author. Some pieces appeared to be rather seriously worked through, others fleetingly light. It may be useful as curiosity reference for books one has read or heard of, but it does not inspire much in this particular reader.
Adrienne Teague
Okay, I put this on the "makes me look smart" shelf because it says Plato on the cover and has a bunch of historic pictures.

Basically, the author read a bunch of old books- some you've heard of, some you haven't- and reviewed them for the contemporary reader. And it would have worked really well, except he dated the book. He kept saying, "At almost 50 years old, this book..." Well, now the book is 60 years old. If he hadn't said stuff like that, the reader would never have noticed that the writ
Terri Timonen
Jan 26, 2014 Terri Timonen rated it liked it
A little too verbose and grammatically pretentious for my liking; however, I did glean helpful insights that I will definitely put into practice when reading classical literature in the future.
Mar 22, 2013 Denise rated it really liked it
I loved this!!!! I did not read all at once, but over the course of a few days I was able to put my "to read " list in better order. Kanigel gave me great insite to some I wasn't sure if I wanted to read and helped know I needed to put others at the Top or Bottom of my list. I am so pleased that I am sharing with my co -workers!! Thank you so much for the book!!!!!!
Apr 26, 2012 Pekoe rated it it was amazing
Vintage Reading: From Plato to Bradbury: A Personal Tour of Some of the World's Best Books. Every student and reader needs this one. Essays by Robert Kanigel.
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Jun 04, 2013 Saad Bhamla rated it really liked it
Robert is great and insightful author. This is a great read to find books that you want to read in the future.
Dec 10, 2007 Beth rated it it was ok
Some dude writes synopses of books he thinks people should read. It's in paperback form.
Nov 14, 2010 Jocelyn rated it it was amazing
So many books, so little time. It helps me choose the next book.
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Sounded great! I'll peruse later.;)
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Robert Kanigel was born in Brooklyn, but for most of his adult life has lived in Baltimore, where he lives today. He has written seven books.

"The Man Who Knew Infinity," his second book, was named a National Book Critics Circle finalist, a Los Angeles Times Book Prize finalist, and a New York Public Library "Book to Remember." It has been translated into Italian, German, Greek, Chinese, Thai, and
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