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Barbara reviewed How to Read Literature Like a Professor : A Lively and Entertaining Guide to Reading Between the Lines on + 1110 more book reviews
Helpful Score: 6
I'm really enthusiastic about this book, and think it would make terrific reading for anyone who doesn't think they like "literature". Foster has a down-to-earth, learner friendly approach to topics that normally intimidate or bore students in lit classes: symbolism, theme, characterization, all those confusing literary devices. He makes the concepts concrete and understandable without talking down to his audience, and clearly enjoys the works he's discussing. Reading this may not turn Faulkner or Joyce into your favorite authors, but at least you'll understand what all the fuss is about, and be more confident when it comes to trying new writers.
Once you've read this book you can't help but stop to look for patterns and deeper meanings in movies and books alike. I found that it really drives home the point that everything in a story,poem,play etc is INTENTIONAL. The authors 'voice' makes this a quick and easy read and stays with you long after you've closed the book.
Deborah M. reviewed How to Read Literature Like a Professor : A Lively and Entertaining Guide to Reading Between the Lines on
This book should be read by all beginning high school students before all their endless essays begin. It can get a bit boring with his endless examples, but, even if you read just the first 5-7 pages of every chapter, you will benefit for your life. I find literary marvels in all books I read and all movies I watch now that I know the hidden meanings to so much. Must, must, must read this. I read it only because it was sitting on the coffee table. My son had to read it for school. Glad I read it.