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Oct 29, 2020 - 08:00 AM By Charles Van Doren

Like a professor whose enthusiasm enwraps his students, Van Doren explains what s wonderful in the books you ve missed and awakens your desire to reopen the books you already know.
  • Title: The Joy of Reading: A Passionate Guide to 189 of the World's Best Authors and Their Works
  • Author: Charles Van Doren
  • ISBN: 9781402234378
  • Page: 394
  • Format: ebook

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Eric Oct 29, 2020 - 08:00 AM
A book that changed my life--by changing my reading. Up until about 14 I read exclusively military history--biographies of great commanders, accounts of famous battles, technical histories of The Tank and The Bomber. The only novelist I recall reading before high school was James Fenimore Cooper. 'The Joy of Reading' consists of short, 3-4 page essays on the favorites of Van Doren's polymathic reading. The entries on 'The Scarlett Letter' and 'Crime and Punishment' convinced me to cease poring o [...]
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Kevin Beary Oct 29, 2020 - 08:00 AM
I like Charles Van Doren -- read how to read a book and history of knowledge and owning the Great books of the western world as well as his work with adler on the great treasury of western thought has been part and parcel to my quest of self-education.This book is heavy on the great works - also in the GBWW - and some of the short stories are in Gateway to great books. I expect it to take most of my life but I will eventually read all these works.I do find myself to enjoy reading about reading a [...]
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Israel Montoya Baquero Oct 29, 2020 - 08:00 AM
Es difícil estar de acuerdo con TODO lo que se incluye en un libro de estas características, por supuesto, aunque algunas de las ausencias de esta "Breve historia del leer" son más que significativas (así como muchos de los escritores incluidos en la misma): ningún autor oriental; pocos italianos (aparte de los clasicos latinos); y Proustquizá la ausencia que más me ha dolido de todas.Por lo demás: interesante, sencillo (a veces demasiado) y, en ocasiones, divertido libro que nos descubr [...]
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John Oct 29, 2020 - 08:00 AM
I have read over the past two days about half of the essays in this book.I have mixed feelings about it. On the one hand, it is an excellent introduction to a wide range of authors. On the other hand, the essays are rather short and do not go "deeper" into the authors as I had expected. So, somewhat of a disappointment. Van Doren writes well, covers a broad cross-section of writers, and is successful on some level with imparting a desire or curiosity to read an author. As a footnote: there is a [...]
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Duy Oct 29, 2020 - 08:00 AM
Mình mua cuốn sách đầu năm Bính Thân 2016, và đây là một cuốn rất đáng mua.Không có người thích đọc sách nào mà lại có thể bỏ qua quyển này được. Đây là một công trình công phu tuyển chọn những tác phẩm và tác giả hay nhất từ thời Homer cho tới thời hiện đại. Tác giả thực sự là một người hướng dẫn giúp người đọc đi vào thế giới lịch sử của khoa học và văn chương.Hơi đ [...]
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Elderberrywine Oct 29, 2020 - 08:00 AM
All right, I need to confess. I am an absolute pushover for a book like this. *toes rug in embarrassment* As a matter of fact, this is currently wending its way from Powell's because I can never ever let a book that informs me as to What I Must Read slide by.I first encountered this sort of thing in my high school library in the form of the (Time Life series?) Great Books of the World. I was an over-ambitious 14 year old, and decided oh yeah. My sophomore English teacher asked us to write a comp [...]
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Julie Oct 29, 2020 - 08:00 AM
So far, zero surprises. It's very standard stuff.--There's nothing wrong with this book, I guess, but it doesn't really inspire, surprise, or do much of anything.If you want a bird's eye tour of Western classics in literature, I guess this is an okay place to start.
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James Oct 29, 2020 - 08:00 AM
There are many books about the enjoyment of reading. Each of them share the joy gained from reading certain books the author has found to be uplifting or enlightening or simply entertaining. Emerson once said, "Tis the good reader that makes the good book;" as he shared his confidence in the reader to find a message in the book intended particularly for that singular reader. Whether the authors of books about reading find messages or merely memories, the words they write about their enjoyment an [...]
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Charity Oct 29, 2020 - 08:00 AM
I must own this book in my library. It starts with the beginning of written history and goes through today detailing authors, thoughts, and suggested reading. It is put into chronological order, broken into time periods, and then each author/work is given attention to in smaller sections. My apetite was whetted to know more about what has been written, thought, and created in the past. My reading list has grown exponentially and I am so excited to get going! The author includes a 10 year plan fo [...]
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Kazen Oct 29, 2020 - 08:00 AM
A solid introduction to the classics. Some of the descriptions made me eager to read this or that book right now, Van Doren's enthusiasm is so contagious. On the other hand, it's obvious what books and authors he included out of duty instead of love, as the text becomes conspicuously terse. A good book to split up with other reading, use as a reference, or find a foothold in the wall that is The Classics.
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Lostaccount Oct 29, 2020 - 08:00 AM
I love books and so I love books about books. This is one of the better books about books. Haha. Although some of the sections were a bit too heavy on the biography of the writers instead of their books. Overall though it was inspiring. I'd read a lot of the books Doren writes about before reading the Joy Of Reading but I still found it fascinating and it made me want to read them again. Thanks to Doren, I have a new list of books I want to read.
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David Ward Oct 29, 2020 - 08:00 AM
The Joy of Reading: A Passionate Guide to 189 of the World’s Best Authors and Their Works by Charles Van Doren (Sourcebooks Inc. 2008) (011.7). The author advocates for his list of greatest authors and their best tales. These are divided into chronological sections. I don't agree with him on very many of these selections. My rating: 7/10, finished 2008.
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William Schram Oct 29, 2020 - 08:00 AM
Contains great selections and critiques of books you should give a chance at reading. Everything from Homer to J.K. Rowling is covered in the edition that I read. Charles Van Doren gives a small essay or snippet of text to explain why he chose that particular work. Spoilers do not about in this book though, since the point is to read them for yourself.
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Seansurfgood Oct 29, 2020 - 08:00 AM
This book is truly a treasue! I am so pleased to have come across it I owe a lot to Mr. Van Doren. This book reaffirmed in me the simple pleasure of reading, which unfortunately 20 years of standard education had dulled.
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Dante Oct 29, 2020 - 08:00 AM
A good introduction to the history of Western literature
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James M. Madsen, M.D. Oct 29, 2020 - 08:00 AM
This looks like a good personal, albeit well-informed, list of works to read!
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Armatstorage Oct 29, 2020 - 08:00 AM
Skimmed most of it. Very fun to see the list of most important books to read over history of literature. Am trying to go through this list over the next ten years!
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Tfalcone Oct 29, 2020 - 08:00 AM
Not only do I always get good ideas about what to read next, BUt I also get a huge case of guilt for not having read some of the world's greatest books. At least I know what they are about:)
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Jim Oct 29, 2020 - 08:00 AM
The author lists four ways to use this book. I have a fifth. I leaf through it and renew memories of books I've read, gain insight and encouragement as I start or restart a book I've been planning to read, and invariably rediscover a few that I'd forgotten. I've just spent two days whetting my appetite and am now ready to tackle my next adventure.
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The Joy of Reading: A Passionate Guide to 189 of the World's Best Authors and Their Works By Charles Van Doren Like a professor whose enthusiasm enwraps his students, Van Doren explains what s wonderful in the books you ve missed and awakens your desire to reopen the books you already know.

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