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Reading Like a Writer by Francine Prose
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Nov 30, 11

really liked it

Let me tell you a story. A few years ago I found myself with a small gathering of my friends and somehow the conversation came around to "The Vagina monologues". Bear with me here, it's relevant. None of them had read them or seen them before, but I love them. I spent a good hour and a half that evening talking about them. I performed some, from memory and from the book. I talked through them, explained them, talked about what I found in different ones. I offered to change the topic repeatedly but people kept encouraging me to go on, though I'd have thought they should be bored. Something about the way I was talking to them kept them interested, made what I was talking about interesting and relevant to them.

How I imagine my friends felt that evening is how I felt when I read this book. There's a strange kind of joy in listening to people talk about something they're passionate about, and that's the joy I found from this book. Prose clearly loves reading, and every sentence in this text is infussed with a pure love of the written word. Reading this book made me want to run away immediatley and pick up every novel mentioned and read them cover to cover, to appreciate them. I'm not sure about anything else about this book, but I enjoyed it just for the fact that it made me want to read more

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