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Michael Dirda

Författare till Book by Book: Notes on Reading and Life

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Inkluderar namnen: M Dirda, Micheal Dirda, Michael Dirda

Verk av Michael Dirda

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Writer's Thesaurus (2004) — Redaktör — 559 exemplar
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Michael Dirda’s magisterial collection of critical essays, Bound to Please, carries the subtitle An Extraordinary One-Volume Literary Education. I confess that subtitle aroused my skepticism; however, I can report quite happily that this is not an example of that unfortunate tendency in American culture of hyperbole to surpass substance. Mr. Dirda’s book is, in fact, an extraordinary one-volume literary education.

It’s safe to say that Michael Dirda is a critic’s critic. His prose is energetic and rigorous, yet unforced. He is a gloriously catholic reader who conveys news from literary worlds that many if not most of his readers have not explored, and probably in many cases didn’t know existed. I particularly appreciated his writing on science fiction, which is edifying and has aroused my own interest in the genre. Furthermore, Mr. Dirda is au courant on translations and editions (his remarks on editions, out-of-print books, and used bookstores divulge, I think, the fact that he is, unsurprisingly, a bibliophile in the sense that he loves books as objects as well as the prose they contain) and this information will no doubt aid those in search of the books and authors he reviews.

Other than Edmund Wilson and the critics I read for my college thesis—e.g. Rene Wellek, Joseph Frank, and Mikhail Bakthin—I confess to a paucity of knowledge about the field. I have found a great deal of contemporary academic criticism opaque and self-indulgent—redolent of what George Jean Nathan once said about criticism: that it is “…the art wherewith a critic tries to guess himself into a share of the author’s fame.” Michal Dirda commits no such offense here, but rather elucidates for the common reader the great books and authors of all time and for all time.
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Mark_Feltskog | 7 andra recensioner | Dec 23, 2023 |
For as long as I can remember I've had the problem of having more books that I want to read, than the time to actually read them. Recently a friend gifted me with this book thinking I would enjoy it. Enjoy it I did, but now thanks to my friend and author Michael Dirda my problem has gotten worse than ever. So many great reading suggestions, but nowhere near the time, to get to them all...
kevinkevbo | 23 andra recensioner | Jul 14, 2023 |
One of my favorite literary essayists, Michael Dirda's ability to discuss books in a way that makes the most difficult tome seem delightful is just amazing. I cannot recommend highly enough his essays for encouraging reading and providing suggestions on how and where to look to fulfill your literary dreams.
jwhenderson | 4 andra recensioner | May 26, 2023 |
Good little book on lifetime reading, philosophy, etc. Makes you think about why you are reading.
kslade | 14 andra recensioner | Dec 8, 2022 |



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