Tuesday, August 21, 2007

Precisely ...

... What's Wrong With Skimming?

I read everything if I'm reviewing the book. But I've actually read War and Peace twice (once, though, in an abridged version - minus the essays). As for Proust, I haven't even skimmed him -started Swann's Way several decades ago and drifted off sometime after he dipped the madeleine.


  1. There's nothing wrong with skimming a 'classic'. Just so you don't look completely clueless at a party with not enough females and too many bookworms. But skipping The Grand Inquisitor seems like a terrible thing to have done, never mind admitting to it. One of his friends should send Bryan a copy. And they should tell him not to skim it. It's worth every second of time it takes to read.

    Is he pulling our leg? That's it, isn't it? That's just wrong, you know.


  2. You're right about The Grand Inquisitor. Essential reading.