Tuesday, August 21, 2007
Here it is then - the latest literary sensation from France - and for once it's slightly interesting. A prof ahs published an unapologetic defence of skimming the classics. Not reading them at all and forgetting them altogether are also, he says, no impediment to intelligent and passionate conversation. Seems to me he's stating the fairly obvious (a French trait, n'est-ce pas?) - life really is too short for many of the more doorsteppish classics. Anyone out there ever read all of Don Quixote, for example? (If so, why?) As a slow reader with defeatist and amnesiac tendencies, I feel little shame about what I've never read or forgotten - nor do I see any obstacle to expressing firm opinions about it. Am I honestly exepcted to have read Harry Potter or Lord of The Rings before opining? Come now... However, I do feel slightly ashamed of never having even started War and Peace or The Idiot or The Brothers Karamazov, to name but three - and, of course, having only skimmed Proust.
Posted by Nige at 11:14 am