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This review is from: Who's Afraid of Jane Austen?: How to Really Talk About Books You Haven't Read (Paperback)This covers a wide range of books and genres of literature and is full of interesting stuff. However, it appears to be aimed either at readers whose interest in and knowledge of literature is, at the most, sketchy and half-hearted or at alternative-media-obsessed teenagers who require a super-fast-track to appearing well read. If you seriously aspire to having read Nietzsche or Turgenev but simply haven't got round to them yet, you don't usually need to be told how to pronounce their names nor to have Jane Austen's irony signposted in large letters for you. Warning: some readers may feel patronised.
The original title of this has been relegated to subtitle since the hardback edition and the nod to Pierre Bayard's 'How to talk about books you haven't read' comes rather late in chapter one considering the overlap in some ideas and references there. Also, wasn't it Dr Johnson who first advised writers to strike out any passages they were particularly pleased with (advice given in the section 'How to talk about writing')?