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Book Review – How to Read Novels Like a Professor

9780061340406How to Read Novels Like a Professor by Thomas C. Foster

Review: Again, Professor Foster provides a witty and entertaining delve into the world of literature. This time, he takes readers into the wonderful world of novels. Professor Foster’s main point is that although novels are fiction and therefore entirely made up (no matter how close to real life they may seem), they still matter. I also appreciated his point about how authors may write a novel and intend one thing but books are nothing without readers and a reader may choose whichever interpretation speaks to him or her. I have to say that I really enjoy Professor Foster’s style of teaching. His books are funny, interesting and knowledgeable without being condescending. I highly recommend both this book and his previous text, “How to Read Literature Like a Professor.”

52 Books in 52 Weeks – Week #40

How to Read Literature Like a ProfessorHow to Read Literature Like a Professor by Thomas C. Foster

Total Reading Time: 3.5 hours

Review: I really liked how accessible this book felt. I knew it was trying to teach me something but it wasn’t boring and I didn’t feel liked I was sitting in a lecture. It also doesn’t just espouse one view and lets readers have their own opinions, which I appreciated. Overall, very well done and I wish my high school lit classes explained symbolism & irony like Prof. Foster. Maybe then I would have understood “The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn” and actually liked it as so many people seem to.