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Days of Reading

3.74  ·  Rating details ·  921 Ratings  ·  79 Reviews
In these inspiring essays about why we read, Proust explores all the pleasures and trials that we take from books, as well as explaining the beauty of Ruskin and his work, and the joys of losing yourself in literature as a child. Throughout history, some books have changed the world. They have transformed the way we see ourselves - and each other. They have inspired debate ...more
Paperback, 118 pages
Published August 7th 2008 by Penguin (first published June 15th 1905)
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Michael Finocchiaro
This short book of essays is a look inside Proust's mind in how he looked at literature and how he consumed it and recycled what he read in his chef d'oeuvre, La Recherche. Not an essential read but nonetheless, a very insightful one.
Teresa
Nostálgica de Em Busca do Tempo Perdido, incapaz de cortar o cordão que durante um mês me uniu a Marcel Proust, tomei como tentativa de “desmame” este pequeno ensaio sobre o prazer de ler.
Comparar (não devia, mas não resisto) estas setenta páginas com as outras três mil, é como comparar um sumptuoso banquete, servido em baixela de ouro, com uma pastilha elástica “de limpar os dentes”…
As três estrelas que lhe deixo estão corretas; as cinco do(s) outro(s) é que estarão erradas se não forem elevada
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Sandra
Mar 30, 2013 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
"La lettura è situata all'ingresso della vita e dello spirito: non costituisce affatto quella vita all'interno della quale può semplicemente introdurci."
Un breve saggio, sono solo 40 pagine, che contiene riflessioni sparse sulla lettura. La parte iniziale, in cui lo scrittore racconta delle letture "fatate" dell'infanzia, è uno scrigno di perle preziosissime, che fanno vibrare l'animo. Dalla prima frase sei già incatenato nella malìa della scrittura di Marcel Proust.
Bram
Nov 05, 2009 rated it liked it
Shelves: 2009, proustophilia
Since this book has yet to be reviewed on this site, I feel compelled to say something, but I also feel more comfortable making this a dry description rather than utilizing my usual erratic and not-so-informative approach. Days of Reading is a collection of five essays, one of which is heavily abridged from a longer work (“Against Sainte-Beuve”). These five essays cover four topics. We have criticism of Ruskin’s art and architecture criticism; two philosophical essays on the pleasures, edificati ...more
Biron Paşa
Proust yine bildiğiniz gibi, fakat çeviri pek olmamış diye düşünüyorum. Proust uzun cümleleri ahenkle, müzikle kuran bir yazar. Roza Hakmen'in Proust'unu okurken bunu her satırda, her cümlede görüyoruz.

Bu kitabı elime aldığımda da Kayıp Zamanın İzinde'deki hissiyatı bekliyordum, ama karşılaştığım şey asfaltta giden bir arabanın bir anda taşlık yola sapması gibi, ahengi ve müziği kaybolmuş satırlar oldu. Bazı kelime tercihleri de ahengi ölmüş uzun cümlelerin zevkinin daha da yok olmasına neden o
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Andreea
Jul 23, 2011 rated it liked it
This tiny book isn't quite what the cover and most readers make it out to be. It's not a beautiful, lyrical eulogy to reading (although the first 10 or so pages are very beautiful and remind one of the beginning of Swann's Way), it's a passionate refutation of the idea that reading classics by itself is the best way to educate yourself - which Ruskin supported in Sesame and Lilies (among many other equally foolish and hideously chauvinistic ideas). I suspect that the book is a bit confusing to r ...more
Peri Kitapları
Sep 10, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Okunduğunda, çocukken tatil zamanlarında kitaplarla geçirilen uzun saatlere götüren kitap!

Ve bu kitaptan alıntı sözler: "...

çocukluğumuzda , çok sevdiğimiz bir kitabı okuyarak geçirdiğimiz zamanlar kadar dolu dolu yaşadığımız gün yoktur herhalde.
Tatil zamanlarında yapılan okumaları kim benim gibi hatırlamaz ki, insan bu okumaları, onlara bir sığınak sağlayacak kadar huzur dolu ve dokunulmaz olan günün her saatine birbiri ardınca saklar."
Maria
Jun 07, 2013 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: non-fiction
Un po' di tempo fa, non ricordo in quale libro, lessi che ci si sente così presi dalla lettura perché lo scrittore ha la capacità di interpretare e trascrivere le emozioni che proviamo ma che non siamo in grado di esprimere a parole. I nostri autori preferiti rappresenterebbero quindi coloro che, attraverso una sensibilità particolare, riescono a catturare la verità prima degli altri e, attraverso la scrittura, mostrarla ai lettori.
Mi sembrava un concetto molto bello anche perché mi è capitato s
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Ben Loory
Aug 19, 2010 rated it really liked it
yeah, i don't know... proust. his sentences are so long and flowing and beautiful, i fall asleep every three or four paragraphs. but every now and then i wake up and take notice and he's saying something really cool. of course, it mostly has to do with ruskin or sainte-beuve or somebody else i haven't read, so mostly i just feel dumb and resentful. but then, at the very end, there's this:

Style is not at all an embellishment as certain people think, it is not even a matter of technique, it is-- l
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Simona
Sep 08, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Il momento è giunto: posso dire di aver letto Proust e ricevere quegli sguardi a metà tra il rispettoso e l’atterrito, quegli sguardi che sembrano dire “Sì, anche io, un giorno, forse”. Il fatto che io abbia letto un saggio di sessanta pagine mi sembra irrilevante, in fondo perché ci sentiamo sempre un po’ in colpa a ammettere che La Recherche “Sì, anche io, un giorno, forse”.

Il piacere della lettura è un saggio che Proust scrive come introduzione alla sua traduzione di Sesame and Lilies di John
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Laala Alghata
May 17, 2010 rated it really liked it
I left too large a gap between when I finished this book and writing this review, so forgive me, it’s going to be vague.

The book was split into two parts, the first half was on John Ruskin, and the second was on reading.

The minute I turned the page and saw that the first essay was on Ruskin and was really glad I had just finished On Art and Life and had some sort of understanding of what Ruskin was like as a writer and art critic. I loved him. So I was glad someone with Proust’s genius was wri
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Deniz Balcı
Jan 11, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: marcel-proust
Bu kitabı Notos ilk bastığı dönem okumuştum. Çevirisi bana Roza Hakmen'in "Kayıp Zamanın İzinde" çevirisinden sonra yeterli gelmemişti. Yakın zamanda Aylak Adam Yayınları "Okuma Günleri" adında aynı kitabı Murat Erşen çevirisi ile yayımladı. Yeni çeviriyi yeni edindim, Notos'tan çıkan bu Işık Ergüden çevirisi ile karşılaştırmalı yeniden okudum. Sonuç olarak oyumu Işık Ergüden'den yana kullanıyorum.

Bazı yazarları, yazarın dilinden eksiltmeden çevirmek imkansız gibi bir şey. Proust'da o yazarlarda
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Erwin Maack
Jan 07, 2014 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
"E é aqui, com efeito, que reside uma das grandes e maravilhosas características dos livros ( e que nos fará compreender o papel simultaneamente essencial e limitado que a leitura pode desempenhar na nossa vida espiritual) que para o autor poderia chamar-se "Conclusões" e para o leitor "Incitações". Sentimentos perfeitamente que a nossa sensatez começa onde acaba a do autor, e gostaríamos de que ele nos fornecesse respostas, quando tudo quanto ele pode fazer é dar-nos desejos. E esses desejos , ...more
Núria
Oct 30, 2008 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: cualquier lector
El único libro de Proust que he podido terminar es este librito sobre el placer de la lectura. Una delicia recomendable para todos los que disfrutan de la lectura. La leí en la facultad y me ayudó a entender realmente por qué leía.
Sookie
Oct 18, 2015 rated it liked it
Shelves: 2015
Quod Erat Demonstrandum...
Flavia
Mar 12, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Questo libro è stata una bella scoperta e un bel modo per approcciarsi a Marcel Proust, di cui quasi tutti, me compresa, hanno timore a causa della Recherche.
Ho letto questo libro con una piccola matita a fare da segnalibro perchè sentivo il bisogno di sottolineare più e più frasi o passaggi. Si è dimostrata una lettura stimolante, ho avuto modo di riflettere su alcuni aspetti della lettura che prima non avevo considerato e a trovarmi in accordo o in disaccordo con l'autore.
Nella sua brevità t
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Davisson Alves
Sep 22, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2016
A obra nos leva a pensar sobre nosso ato de leitura, como pode nos ser útil, servindo de acalento, de fuga, como um veículo para se adquirir novas experiências, atrelando como ferramenta importante a construção de memória do leitor.

A leitura tem o papel essencial, fundamental de instruir, apresentar conclusões e de gerar ideias no leitor, mas também pode ser limitada, pois como Proust menciona "a sabedoria do leitor começa onde a do autor termina, sentimos assim vontade de receber respostas, ma
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Matilda
Je peux à présent dire sur un ton snob et désagréable que j’ai lu Proust. Certes ne plastronnons pas excessivement, seul un de ses essais m’est passé entre les mains, mais tout de même ses phrases sont longues aussi dedans. Je ne me souviens plus du tout où j’avais entendu parler de cet essai (je devais l’avoir dans ma PAL depuis 2010), mais je sais que je l’avais acheté chez Gibert et comme pour Du côté de chez Swann, si je trouvais la première phrase très jolie, je n’allais jamais plus loin. C ...more
Kelly
Jun 25, 2011 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recently I've discovered another joy/time-waster in Google land.

http://books.google.com/books?id=MntR...

No, it's definitely not that story specifically that's the draw. It's the spying factor, scoping out the rotten apples. By gum, there is more than I imagined. Well, I was already on to what this guy was gutsy enough to actually write on a blog.

http://ebv.blogspot.com/2008/05/steph...

What great pleasure I derive from now being able to catch the english language pilferers before I get garroted,
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Leopoldo
Feb 21, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Me queda claro que Proust es un escritor tremendo. Esta serie de ensayos -críticos, personales, narrativos a veces- nos dan una probadita de la singular prosa del francés. Sus ensayos críticos me costaron un poco de trabajo, pero los textos "Sobre la lectura" y "Swann explicado por Proust" me parecieron una delicia. Cada vez me entusiasma más el prospecto de leer "En busca del tiempo perdido".
KimberlyRose
It has its five star moments: beautiful, quotable thoughts about books. Fresh thoughts. Thoughts that made me think.

"For the author they may be called 'Conclusions,' but for the reader, 'Provocations.'"

I am also struck by the thought that, with reading, unlike face-to-face interaction, we allow ourselves to respond completely naturally, allowing our minds to figure out its deepest, truest truths of our individual souls--we are not concerned whatsoever with another's impression of us. So we're f
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Yekpeykan
Dec 31, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Proust çocukluğunu ve kitaplara olan ilgisini detaylı olarak anlatmış. Doktorların hastalarına önerdiği ilaçlar gibi kitaplarda ruhi hastalıklara iyi geldiğini ve zekanın kaynağı olduğuna vurgu yapmış. Özlü sözlerle düşüncelerini desteklemiş ve büyük yazarların okuma yöntemlerinden de bahsetmiş. Kitapların gerçek dostluğunu da gün yüzüne çıkarmış.Kitapta bahsettiği ve alıntılar yaptığı yazarlar merakımı uyandırdı ve sonradan okuyacağım kştaplara etkisi olacağına eminim.Çeviri ve baskıda güzel ol ...more
Ffiamma
May 13, 2013 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: french, nonfiction
ma che meraviglia! poche pagine mozzafiato sulla lettura, i suoi piaceri e il modo migliore per trarne beneficio- di una bellezza sfolgorante. uno di quei libri che riconciliano con la vita (e l'inverno).
"fino a quando la lettura rimane l'iniziatrice le cui chiavi magiche aprono per noi nelle profondità di noi stessi la porta delle dimore in cui non avremmo saputo penetrare, il suo ruolo nella nostra vita è salutare. diventa invece pericoloso quando, invece di ridestarci alla vita personale dell
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Marcus
Oct 31, 2015 rated it really liked it
Proust is deep and thought-provoking... rarely seems to use paragraphs... but there is good content here. The first essay "John Ruskin" is about a critic that I had not heard of before this encounter. Using him as an example, Proust points out some of the trouble with criticism where the critic can tend to blend the painting as object with the painting as beauty. This theme is somewhat similar to the central essay of the book "Days of Reading" where Proust spends several pages talking about ever ...more
Yasemin Şahin
Sep 08, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: deneme
Öncelikle belirteyim ki, Notos'un kitabı çok özenerek çevirdiği ve özenle dizgi-baskısını hazırladığını görünce de mutlu olduğum kesin. Kitabın, okumayı içselleştirmiş, kitapla kurulan dostluğu iyi tanıyan insanlar üzerinde etkisi farklı olacaktır. Neredeyse hepsine katılacağınız düşünceleri ve okumanın insanın zihinsel yaşamında gerekli olduğu kadar, bunu insan ilişkilerine de yansıyan yüzünü çok iyi bir şekilde anlatmış denilebilir. Ben okurken kendimi gördüm. Proust'un o hep okumayı planladığ ...more
Rodolfo Borges
May 25, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
"Se o gosto pelos livros cresce com a inteligência, seus perigos, como vimos, diminuem com ela. Um espírito original sabe subordinar a leitura à sua atividade pessoal. Ela não é para ele senão a mais nobre das distrações, sobretudo a mais enobrecedora, pois, somente a leitura e o saber dão as 'belas maneiras' do espírito. O poder de nossa sensibilidade e de nossa inteligência, não podemos desenvolvê-lo senão em nós mesmos, nas profundezas de nossa vida espiritual. Mas é nesse contato com os outr ...more
Josune Murgoitio
Feb 19, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Este libro lo leí como parte de una edición que estoy haciendo. Es una edición de libros pequeña, bonita, y muy difícil de encontrar. Antes estaba en más librería pero cada vez es más complicado poder completarla ¡! un pequeño ensayo o crónica sobre los significados de la lectura, el silencio sepulcral que encontramos en ella, la descricpión del "acto psicológico original llamado Lectura".
Es cortito, ameno y muy reflexivo. Me gustó :)
Thing Two
A very short (for Proust) essay on why we read, why it is important to read, and why those of us who read find it really annoying when those of you who AREN'T reading interrupt us when we ARE reading. It was worth reading just to find that passage, for me.
Naia
Nov 27, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Unas primeras páginas sublimes. La prosa correctísima, pero las ideas clasistas me producen sarna.
Etienne
Mar 06, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Entre 3,5 et 4 sur 5. Une réflexion intéressante sur la lecture et ce qu'elle apporte aux lecteurs, qu'ils soient enfants ou adultes. On reste en surface, manque un peu de profondeur, mais le tout est bien écrit et porte à la réflexion. Une lecture agréable pour les passionés de lecture!
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French novelist, best known for his 3000 page masterpiece À la recherche du temps perdu (Remembrance of Things Past or In Search of Lost Time), a pseudo-autobiographical novel told mostly in a stream-of-consciousness style. Born in the first year of the Third Republic, the young Marcel, like his narrator, was a delicate child from a bourgeois family. He was active in Parisian high society during t ...more
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