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Confessions of a Book-Lover

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This is a pre-1923 historical reproduction that was curated for quality. Quality assurance was conducted on each of these books in an attempt to remove books with imperfections introduced by the digitization process. Though we have made best efforts - the books may have occasional errors that do not impede the reading experience. We believe this work is culturally importan ...more
Paperback, 152 pages
Published March 18th 2008 by BiblioLife
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Debbie Zapata
Sep 14, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: gutenberg
This book is dangerous for any reader who has more than a fair share of curiosity and a fondness for older, mostly forgotten titles and authors. (That would be me.) By the end I was a little afraid to look at the list I had made of the titles Egan raved about, the titles that sounded interesting enough to me to rate checking at Gutenberg to see if they were available. Some weren't, which was a pity. But plenty of others were. 25 to be exact. Looks like I already have a major project lined up for ...more
Anita
Apr 06, 2010 rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: bibliophiles, people who like books about books
Recommended to Anita by: the pocket universitie's the gude to reading
If you love books about books and are tired of the same old classic recommendations then this little book is for you. Egan tells of the books that shaped his reading life from childhood and upwards. Some I know and there are plenty I have never heard of.
Which lead me to think about what I consider good literature, how I find good literature and should I always be reading what the masses deem appropriate.
In todays world it seem that our "good literature" stems from tomes that make a statement be
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Louise
May 30, 2016 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Interesting account of the books/parental opinions(prejudices) etc that shaped Egan's(reading) life.

His approach (with today's eyes his strong religious bias and naivety is a bit too much(for me anyway)) took some getting used to, also his incredible arrogance towards poets and writers who find their values and philosophies outside religion, makes him seem opinionated and somewhat narrow minded/preachy (=1 star deducted because of the irritation he caused :-D) . but plenty of "worldly" literary
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William
May 22, 2011 rated it really liked it
Shelves: 2011
This 1920 recollection by a well-educated writer and diplomat is interesting for anyone who enjoys listening to another speak -- with passion and wit -- about what books influenced one's life. Egan misunderstood Mark Twain, unfortunately, but his literary reach is otherwise solid (even if many of his referenced works have long been forgotten).
Dianne Oliver
Jan 06, 2014 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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