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4.0 out of 5 stars Will make you reach for another book..., 4 April 2011
This review is from: The Rights of the Reader (Paperback)
Though this is a short book, it took me a while to get through it. Not because it was hard work, but because I kept abandoning it (well within my rights!) for other novels, although I think Pennac would approve. Whether you are an avid reader or have fallen out with your library of late, I'm fairly certain this little essay will inspire you to tackle that heavyweight Russian masterpiece you've always been meaning to, try out a new author recommended to you by a friend, or just revisit one of your favourites.

The tone is really refreshing: light, conversational, but not over-simplistic. It easily pulls you in, and is not bogged down by too much intellectual analysis or obscure literary references. Pennac draws on his own experiences as a reader, a father and a teacher, to illustrate the joys and sorrows of reading, and how it should and shouldn't be approached. He dispells many myths about literature and reading, arguing the case for the '10 Rights of The Reader' in a very effective way. The pages are interspersed with illustrations from Quentin Blake, an artist whose drawings encapsulate a kind of jolly subversiveness and freedom of imagination, perfectly balancing the text.

This is a gem of a book that will re-affirm or renew your love of literature.
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