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Women Who Read Are Dangerous (Frauen, die lesen, sind... #1)

3.97  ·  Rating Details ·  511 Ratings  ·  79 Reviews
A compelling selection of paintings, drawings, prints and photographs of women reading through the ages.
Hardcover, 149 pages
Published September 1st 2008 by Merrell Publishers (first published 2005)
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Heidi The Hippie Librarian
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Part art appreciation and part homage to the female reader, Women Who Read Are Dangerous is probably the the most aptly titled book that I've ever read. In addition to the beautiful images (my favorites pages 73 & 89), this book educates the reader about the politics, historical trends, and gender inequality tied to reading. Who knew that simply picking up a book could be such a subversive act?

Women Who
Cristina Leitón
Jan 20, 2015 Cristina Leitón rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2015
"¿Viven peligrosamente las mujeres? ¿Viven más peligrosamente que los hombres que escriben? ¿Viven más peligrosamente que las mujeres que se dedican a otras profesiones que podríamos calificar también de riesgo? ¿vivieron peligrosamente en otros tiempos o esto se mantiene hasta hoy? ¿Corren las mujeres escritoras el mismo peligro en las distintas partes del mundo?"

El enfoque no es original, pero siempre está bien descubrir nuevas escritoras que revolucionaron a su manera la literatura o el papel
Jan 22, 2016 Astrid rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: feminisme
Un livre qui mêle intelligemment deux de mes passions : histoire de l'art et féminisme, un régal !
Quadri! Tanti quadri, e tutti di donne che leggono.
Già l'introduzione (quella originale, non le due pagine della Bignardi che aggiungono davvero poco al volume) è un piccolo capolavoro: leggevo e pensavo "hey, hai ragione!". Le immagini poi sono davvero piacevoli e ben spiegate, in un viaggio che parte dal XIII secolo. Si comincia con la solita lettura sacra, ma le donne del volume affrontano di tutto: lettere, tomi voluminosi, quotidiani, giornaletti finalizzati al più semplice svago.
Credo ci
Feb 05, 2013 Helen rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
LOVE LOVE LOVE this book! A fantastic selection of paintings, drawings and photos of women reading from the Middle Ages to today. Each image has a blurb explaining the context in which it was created which I just loved. A must for any book lover.
Dec 14, 2010 Paola rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition

Le donne che leggono sono pericolose. Sicuramente più di quelle che non leggono.

Fosse solo perché se stanno leggendo concentrate il sugo rischia di bruciare. Anzi no. Sicuramente brucia.

E poi non fu una certa denominata Eva che convinse quel pigro di Adamo a mangiare il frutto dell'albero della conoscenza? Si. Chiaro. Perché Eva lo sapeva che la conoscenza, la consapevolezza era indispensabile per vivere pienamente, ancora prima che il libro fosse inventato.

Se era per Adamo eravamo ancora su
Isaura Pereira
Descobri este livro na biblioteca e confesso que foi o seu título que me despertou a minha atenção. Um livro em que afirma (no seu título) que as mulheres leitoras são perigosas foi algo que não pude deixar de passar ao lado.

Este é um livro de não-ficção que mostra, através da arte, a relação da mulher com os livros, ao longo dos séculos. O livro é divido por várias partes, em que o prefácio é-nos contextualizado, a nível histórico, a relação da mulher com a leitura. Todas as outras partes do l
Imen Benyoub
Sep 15, 2013 Imen Benyoub rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: art
A beautiful book, combined paintings and sketches from different artistic schools and movements, photography, literary quotes and a genuine introduction on reading habits and women in history, every painting was accompanied with a half poetic half philosophical description that I found very rich and informative..I was happy to discover new artists, especially Nordic painters, and as a reader I found a great deal of myself between the pages..

a hommage to beauty, women and books!

Kathleen Dixon
Mar 07, 2010 Kathleen Dixon rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: art
Who would have thought that so many artists had painted or photographed women reading?

This is a rather lovely coffee table book, with a good introduction and excellent text with each full-page painting reproduction. We're told about women's reading habits, about the movement (for all readers) from reading aloud being the norm, to it being the rarity, and we're told a little about art. If I had spare $$ at the moment I'd be going online to try and find a copy to buy.
I enjoyed this book since I do enjoy art and there is even some photographs as well. The women depicted are seen reading books, letters, and magazine or next to one of the items.
Feb 21, 2013 Mohamed rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
les femmes qui lisent sont toujours l'inspiration les peintres.
une petite visite au musée à travers des tableaux bien choisis qui parlent d'eux-mêmes.
j'ai bien aimé cette visite.
Margherita Dolcevita
Estremamente ben curata, è un'opera molto interessante. Le due introduzioni sono decisamente condivisibili (specialmente se si è donne) e la Bignardi ha sempre quel tocco magico che rende piacevole tutto quello che scrive. L'apparato delle immagini con il commento è poi molto ricco e variegato, spazia nei secoli e nei generi con estrema nonchalance, e fa scoprire dipinti e donne che poco erano noti. Questo libro lo dovrebbero avere tutte le lettrici compulsive, peccato per il prezzo, a mio avvis ...more
Jan 12, 2016 Marie-aimée rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: history, fr
L'idée est originale : une histoire de lecture féminine avec des illustrations (analysées). Le seul problème ce sont les remarques un peu trop"discours-féministe-bateau" (si vous voyez ce que je veux dire). Le texte devient un peu maladroit et lourd par moment. Cependant, les explications sont très claires et l'effet de synthèse assez intéressant. Les images (peintures, gravures) sont le point fort de l'ouvrage.
Dec 16, 2008 Crystal rated it it was amazing
Shelves: nf-literature
I really enjoyed this book that combined part art with the way women and literature were viewed in that culture/society and specific time period.
3.5 stars.
Useful. Inspiring. Beautiful. Thought-provoking. Exclusive. Incomplete.
Mar 09, 2016 Christine rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This book was first published in German in 2005 under the title “Frauen, die Lesen, Sind Gefaerlich” and then in English in 2006 titled “Women Reading”. This 2016 incarnation translates the German title and as soon as I saw it I knew I had to have a look buy it … art and reading … and, with such a title – how could I resist?

The forward, written by Karen Joy Fowler, gives the reader an overview of attitudes through the ages on the though of women reading.

“Should women be permitted to have secret
Jun 17, 2012 Aprile rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Finalmente un po’ di grazia. Grazia dell’occhio che ha guardato e colto l’attimo. E’ una raccolta di immagini, di dipinti di pittori che sono stati attratti dalle espressioni fisiche e corporee indotte dalla lettura. Qui si è voluto farne un tributo alle donne, collezionando immagini ad esse dedicate, sottolineando come la lettura abbia contribuito all’emancipazione femminile. Sono tutte donne assorte nella lettura, abbandonate ai sensi o tese nella scoperta, o ancora assorte nei pensieri che qu ...more
MB (What she read)
How nice to see all of these artworks in one collection! Very interesting that a woman reading alone has been considered subversive and dangerous in past times. I would like to have small reproductions of a few of these paintings so that I could frame them and put them near my bookcases. Perfect for a library!

FYI: This book has been re-titled in a later publication as Women Who Read are Dangerous, a title which is much catchier and more suitable to the content.
Feb 01, 2016 Adri rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Female readers depicted throughout the ages.
At times the author reads too much into the artworks in my opinion, but all in all this is an interesting and engaging book that you can flip through in one afternoon. Next to almost all the paintings, we get a short biography of the painter and how those facts relate to their work. There are a few photographs, and in the Hungarian version we get a couple of Hungarian artworks as well.
Lucie Novak
May 08, 2014 Lucie Novak rated it it was amazing
Shelves: favourite
Beautiful book, full of paintings of reading women and comments about society viewing their reading with suspicion. Makes me thing about those abducted Nigerian girls. I have a CZech edition of this book. I often look at the paintings, reading the clever commentary.
Richard Smith
Nov 28, 2016 Richard Smith rated it liked it
An exquisite book to look at, but most of the words read like a bad translation from the German. Still, the introduction reminded me how reading has been though dangerous (for men and women) by many, and perhaps they are right.
Jul 04, 2012 Lenny rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Loved it! But wouldve prefered a more poetical explanation with the paintings
Aug 09, 2015 Olga rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Feb 13, 2017 Daniela rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Textos cortos, onda ensayos, que acompañan imágenes (pinturas) de mujeres leyendo. Están desconectados así que no hay que seguir una trama. Muy bueno para practicar mi francés y la encuadernación (linda linda) como las que ya no se ven.
Jan 12, 2017 Susan rated it really liked it
Fascinating book combining art history, gender studies, and philosophy.
Jan 25, 2017 Brigitte rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Splendide anthologie: des oeuvres magnifiques accompagnent de très beaux textes
Jan 14, 2017 Patricia rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Niet helemaal wat ik ervan verwacht had, maar wel boeiend om lezende vrouwen in de schilderkunst te zien, en de beschouwing van hun betekenis erbij te zien. Soms voelt het wel alsof er een interpretatie wordt opgelegd, maar dat kan je makkelijk naast jezelf leggen.
Dec 22, 2016 Jane rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
I like art. I visit art museums frequently and I have a minor in art history. I like reading. I read many books per year, and I have numerous books about art. I also have books about books and about reading. But Women Who Read are Dangerous just did not thrill me. The writing was dry and really basic. At times it seemed a bit superficial. At one point I tried to find out if this book was a part of a doctoral dissertation or masters thesis, for that is what it sounded like. I never could figure o ...more
Dec 18, 2016 Hillary rated it it was amazing
Shelves: book-geek
I have given this one as a great gift for all my book reading women friends, they all loved it as much as I did!
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