Tuesday, 22 February 2011

Reading Like a Writer by Francine Prose

There is a select group of books that, were I some ancient Egyptian potentate, I would demand be entombed with me, and this is one of them (others include Daniel Boorstin's 'The Discoverers', Proust, Owen Chadwick's 'Victorian Miniature' and anything by Jane Austen - but the group is not set; it changes with the months). It is part anthology, part guide, part series of lectures, but mostly it is companionable. "Yes", you find yourself saying, chuckling at the good way something you have always thought has been put. Unlike Babel and Tolstoy, I would certainly cross the street to meet her.

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