Howards End Is On The Landing
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- Publication Date:
- 08 June 2010
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If you like books and reading about books you will find this memoir delicious.
This book has convinced me to 1) upgrade my knowledge of English literature (I'm French), 2) visit and re-visit many of the books I have accumulated over the years. I am now looking at my personal library from a different angle, have added some titles based on Susan Hill's recommendations, and I am now making a rule to read one "old" book to every "new" book that enters the house. This has been a successful strategy so far. Susan Hill's style is so compelling and passionate in its own way, that when you close the book, it's as if you are coming ashore after a long journey.
I stumbled across this title a year ago and have been waiting impatiently for it to become available in the U.S. Imaginine my excitement when I received a copy for Christmas! I love to read books by others who love books. This one definitely lived up to my hopes and expectations. Susan Hill has a lovely way of writing about books and the people who write them (many of whom she has met or known intimately). A very satisfying read!
A simply wonderful book by an author about reading. But Susan Hill doesn't simply read, she has a reading life, and this slim volume chronicles her relationship with books -- and sometimes with their authors -- as she prowls from one bookcase to the next in her Gloucestershire home in search of books to read in her self-enforced 'year of reading from home'. I'd disagree with some of Hill's favorites (she picks Macbeth, I'd go for The Tempest; but we agree on Patrick Leigh Fermor) as well as her approach to reading (she loathes sites like LT or Goodreads; cataloging is anathema, as are e-book readers), but we share a love for the printed word. But she's a peerless prose stylist and her thoughtful look at why she likes what she does and shuns other stuff is fascinating, sometimes laugh-out-loud funny, and always offers great food for thought. Highly recommended.
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