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My Reading Life

3.57  ·  Rating details ·  37 ratings  ·  6 reviews
Welcome to my library.
Dog-eared paperbacks falling to pieces.
Second-hand books from the stores and barrows of four continents.
Modern first editions, some inscribed...

In My Reading Life, a personal investigation into the nature of democracy, dictatorship, decency and the hardwired human condition, Bob Carr shares his profound love of books and reading - books you've neve
Paperback, 432 pages
Published January 2008 by Penguin Group Australia
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Bob Carr was the Premier of NSW (my State) Australia for 10 years and in 2007 he launched the NSW Premier's Reading Challenge. (encouraging young people to read).

Bob's book covers the books in his personal library and what he thinks of them. There are many I want to read, but I don't think much so far of his comedy section. I guess his list is probably typical of a politician ~ and I don't often find them funny.

Well I am done with this untidy book of reviews. I say untidy because it is arranged
Nov 08, 2008 rated it liked it
Recommends it for: All lovers of serious and *heavy* books
Shelves: reference, 2008
Bob Carr is indeed well versed and well read. He's also well paid (to afford all those first editions!) and entirely humourless (his Laughing Out Loud chapter for those books that are meant to be funny are not funny at all judging by his long excerpts ~ different kind of humour maybe?).

This book is divided into several chapters or topics which is then divided into his book recommendations, his thoughts and a few quotes from the books themselves. His main book and I think the only that mostly to
Bob Carr is a former Australian politician and member of the Labour Party; during his career he was a Senator, Premier of New South Wales and the Minister for Foreign Affairs. My Reading Life is a literary memoir about the books he has read and have influenced him; this was written during a period where he was not in politics. Carr divides the book into topics, focusing mainly on the political, which is obviously a reflection of his interests.

One of the things I did not like about this book was
Jennifer (JC-S)
Feb 14, 2009 rated it it was amazing
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‘ The point is to stretch your consciousness by admitting literature into it.’

Bob Carr has a profound love of reading books. Bob Carr is also a former Premier of New South Wales. This book interested me on two levels: would knowing anything about Bob Carr’s reading tell me about the man behind the politician? Would I learn anything new? Most importantly, would I be able to augment my own reading list, find some shared reading interests?
The answer to each of these questions is yes. The only mista
Matthew Hickey
Dec 17, 2009 rated it liked it
This book serves as a brilliant example of one person's trash being another person's treasure. Clearly Carr loves books; so much that he was motivated to write such a lengthy tome about his life for certain of them. I identify with Carr's love, but find myself mystified by the way he expresses that love and the things he feels enamored with.

Still, Carr's writing is erudite and to that end inspiring. Hard to imagine how a man as busy as he must have been managed to fit in all that reading, but th
Jan 14, 2017 rated it it was ok
Well read indeed. Starting with the deeply intense humanity of Levi this guide book gets of to a wonderful start with much to endear it to any reader. Unfortunately the quite incredible ego of the author intrudes before too much can be enjoyed. It quickly becomes a dazzling tour of onananism.
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Bob Carr is the longest continuously serving Premier in New South Wales history.

He served as Leader of the Opposition from 1988 until his election as Premier in March 1995. He was re-elected in 1999 and again in March 2003 securing an historic third four-year term.

He retired from politics in 2005 after over 10 years as Premier.

During these 10 years the State Government set new records for spending