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Who's Afraid of Jane Austen?Уже на полке!

Henry Hitchings

Who's Afraid of Jane Austen? / Henry Hitchings: John Murray Publishers, 2009

На английском языке.

Ever found yourself talking about a book you've never actually read, or felt you ought to have more to say about literature or philosophy? Then this blagger's guide to the classics is a must. Chock-full of strategies to make a little learning go a long way - such as cultivating the faintly absurd persona of someone who only reads literature written east of the Alps, or better still someone with opinions about books no one else has heard of - it is designed to hone the skills and boost the con-trick arsenal of any would-be bluffer in a university interview, at a dinner party or on a date. When it comes to romancing someone bookish, though, Hitchings shows some qualms, prefacing his advice with the cautionary question: "should you really be going out, even speculatively, with someone who's overtly literary, if you are not?" And, as he rightly remarks, "the final irony is that in setting out to stimulate the skill advertised in its title, this slim volume may actually, instead of providing the means of avoiding books, inspire people to devour them.

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