5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
Essential Reading - For Committed Readers,
This review is from: How to Read a Book: The Classic Guide to Intelligent Reading (A Touchstone book) (Paperback)
I think that some of the low-scoring reviewers are guilty of skimming this book - and missing the point.
There is a book of tremendous value for anyone wanting to improve the depth of their reading, and of their understanding.
Several concepts are introduced: You can read a book several times, or alternatively, that books exist that need more commitment than a single read: A list of examples are supplied (although from a traditional, white, male, western perspective pre-1950's);
There are levels to reading - and the highest level involves multiple books being cross-read (having already read the individual works analytically) to get the real content from them through an understanding of individual authors terminology.
None of this is obvious and helps any reader take on more challenging works by difficult authors: It lets you understand how you could tackle a complex work by drilling into its content rather than just giving up part way.
My advice to any negative reviewers would be to read it again.