Thursday, January 5, 2012
The author is certainly funny and has done her research well. Mixed in with the important information about the authors' works we also get a view of their lives, their contemporaries, and the world events surrounding their writing. I really appreciated that I received a well-rounded view of the work in its proper context.
Again, the book is funny. I can't say that I think it will be entertaining for everyone, but I think that it's a good read for a variety of people. It's not a version of Cliff's Notes, so don't run out to buy it thinking you're going to use it in place of reading the actual work. However, it's a great book for those of us who love literature to use in deciding which works to focus on. I want to push myself to read more classics and this book is a great guide to help me decide which to start with and which can wait a while or maybe need to be taken off the good old TBR all together.
I recommend it to those who are already in love with reading and want an idea of how to focus their time. I also recommend it to those who may not be in love with reading, but want to be conversant in the general area of Western Lit. I highly recommend it to those who are like me and can't resist a good book about books.
Thank you to Lisa at TLC Tours for including me on this one and click here to see a list of the rest of the tour stops!