Slow Reading in A Hurried AgeBook - 2013
Reading, David Mikics says, should not be drudgery, and not mere information-gathering or escape either, but a way to live life at a higher pitch. Slow Reading in a Hurried Age is a practical guide for anyone who yearns for a more meaningful, satisfying reading experience, as well as sharper reading skills and improved concentration.
Wrapped in the glow of the computer or phone screen, we cruise websites; we skim and skip. We glance for a brief moment at whatever catches our eye and then move on. Slow Reading in a Hurried Age reminds us of another mode of reading--the kind that requires our full attention and that has as its goal not the mere gathering of information but the deeper understanding that only good books can offer.
Slow Reading in a Hurried Age is a practical guide for anyone who yearns for a more meaningful and satisfying reading experience, and who wants to sharpen reading skills and improve concentration. David Mikics, a noted literary scholar, demonstrates exactly how the tried-and-true methods of slow reading can provide a more immersive, fulfilling experience. He begins with fourteen preliminary rules for slow reading and shows us how to apply them. The rules are followed by excursions into key genres, including short stories, novels, poems, plays, and essays.
Reading, Mikics says, should not be drudgery, and not mere escape either, but a way to live life at a higher pitch. A good book is a pathway to finding ourselves, by getting lost in the words and works of others.
Think back; when was the last time you read a book just for the unhurried pleasure of reading a book? Mikics (English, U. of Houston) not only establishes a way of reading that is new to us but necessary, as we plow through reams of reading anxious to find just exactly what we want and nothing else. He acknowledges the fact that the bulk of our reading is for purely practical purposes, but reminds us of the reading that we could be doing for enrichment. He takes the old-fashioned approach of telling us we have a problem, which is basically sloppy reading habits, and proposes a solution, which is careful, purposeful reading. He gives us the basic rules, then careful describes the techniques necessary for effectively reading short stories, novels, poetry, drama, and essays. This should be kept on hand by everyone who reads. Annotation ©2014 Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)