50 Literature Ideas You Really Need to Know (50 Ideas You Really Need to Know )
Here is a quick summary of the 50 ideas. Aren't I good to you?
The scale of production of new books is frankly terrifying. You all know that. How do we make our way in our little coracles through this tsunami of words? Well, this very site helps a bit. But Sutherland hadn't heard of it, apparently.
We live in interesting times. It's hard to figure out what you should be reading - you know you don't want to read that utter crap your friend (what was she thinking) insisted on lend ...more
Okay, in a nutshell, here it is: this book is perfect —
1) when you have 5-10 minutes while waiting to see the doctor, dentist, barber, beautician, whoever the heck you might end up waiting to see. One could do worse than reading this one.
2) just before going to sleep and you want to read something, without commitment or the investment of much thought. Very good for that, indeed.
3) Brushing up on a subject of interest to you before seeking out more exhaustive sources of information
Er: Guck was ich gerade gefunden habe. Ich dachte Du wuerdest...
Ich: Ja, hab's gesehen. Aber der Wal (I still haven't finished Moby Dick)....und dann noch Fuenfzig Ideen - muesste Alles jetzt immer mit Fuenfzig verbunden sein? Bin aber nicht sicher ob ich das Buch wirklich kaufen moechte.
Er: Es dauert eine Weile bevor wir hier fertig sind. Und die Warteschlange ist sehr lang. Lies einfach ein biss'l.
Ich: Naja....gut. Kann nichts schaden.
(Seated on a one of those cube cou ...more
I should explain that I don't expect much from an introductory text. Writing one of these, you can't explain every little detail. Abstraction is the purpose in writing such an introduction in the first place, and quibbling over details misses the point entirely. Simplification, however, does not excuse the number and type of ...more
Person A: Did you like the book?
Rest of the Group: Yeah.
End of discussion. Now, please don't get me wrong. The book club I was in did often have some interesting discussions on the books we read, but, especially since I'm no longer active with the group, I've often felt that I don't have a good framework for my own personal reading. My critical reading muscles have gone soft over the last twenty-one years ...more
في المحاكاة يقوم الفرد بإلقاء ذاته خارج ذاته ومن ثم يتصرف كما لو كان قد دخل بالفعل إلى جسد آخر وشخصية أخرى، كان أرسطو يرى بأن العاطفة التي تنتج عن الأدب هي التي تؤدي إلى تطهير النفس، فالفن يحرك مشاعرنا، فترى العيون تتبلل بالدموع عندما ترى مشهد وفاة "ليناردو دي كابريو" غير أنها لا تتأثر برؤية شحاذ خارج باب السينما..،
في مقاله (خارج الحوت) يرى جورج أورويل أن المنفى هو المكان المثالي للكاتب تماماً كما كان الحوت بالنسبة ل ...more
The author writes, "In general, [postcolonial writers] use English -- with whatever dialect variation (Hindi words in Rushdie, for ex ...more
As much as I love reading literature, I've never made it completely through a book of literary criticism. Long ago I determined my life could be full and complete without it. So it's peculiar that I find myself ...more
Aproximándose a los temas de una manera básica y entendible, sin ser conde ...more
One page prompted me to write to the publisher, thus:
"Its a lovely book and beautifully presented, but my trust in John Sutherland’s judgement… or is it in Quercus’ editorial department… was deeply shaken by the asseveration, on p46 of 50 literature ideas, th ...more
Una lástima es que mayoritariamente se analizan obras inglesas y norteamericanas, dejando más desnudas otras literaturas muy impo ...more
This book isn’t intended as a tool to improve an author’s writing, but gives, in only a two hundred pages, a mind-expanding experience for understanding and appreciati ...more
It did, a little bit, but like Sarah at http://sarahbbc.wordpress.com/2011/09... I found that the format necessarily made it a bit shallow. The explanations were pithy and droll, but some of the more complex ideas needed more page space than they were allocated.
But to be honest, if I ever wanted to kn ...more
Brilliant, really, though it is easy to see that reading these entries is a bit like consuming the placard on the ...more
It is a book on looking into what makes a literature, what affects the creation of literature, how to read a literature, and what is beyond literature.
People usually just read fiction for entertainment, but there are a lot of perspectives in reading a literature. Narrative, writing style, intention, historical background, etc.
A book is never just a book. This is an i ...more
Please note that this is, like any opinion, a highly subjective one; just as in real life, there are certain p ...more
It's a short book, also. I liked it.
The perfect medium between tedious academia and frivolous pop-lit shit.
Now Emeritus Lord Northcliffe Professor of Modern English Literature at University College London, John Sutherland began his academic career after graduating from the University of Leicester as an assistant lecturer in Edinburgh in 1964. He specialises in Victorian fiction, 20th century literature, an ...more