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Michael Dirda

Teoksen Book by Book: Notes on Reading and Life tekijä

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Tietoja tekijästä

Sisältää nimet: M Dirda, Micheal Dirda, Michael Dirda

Tekijän teokset

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Writer's Thesaurus (2004) — Toimittaja — 563 kappaletta
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Weird Tales 2 kappaletta
The Undershaw set (2013) 2 kappaletta

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The Green Man (1969) — Johdanto, eräät painokset911 kappaletta
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Dante : Poet of the Secular World (1929) — Johdanto, eräät painokset338 kappaletta
Pyövelin tikari (1934) — Johdanto, eräät painokset238 kappaletta
In the Company of Sherlock Holmes (2011) — Avustaja — 227 kappaletta
An Odyssey in Print: Adventures in the Smithsonian Libraries (2002) — Avustaja — 215 kappaletta
The Best of R. A. Lafferty (2019) — Avustaja — 155 kappaletta
The Captain of the Polestar and Other Tales (1890) — Esipuhe, eräät painokset129 kappaletta
I am Jonathan Scrivener (1930) — Esipuhe, eräät painokset92 kappaletta
Nebula Awards Showcase 2014 (2014) — Avustaja — 77 kappaletta
Memorable Days: The Selected Letters of James Salter and Robert Phelps (2010) — Esipuhe, eräät painokset29 kappaletta
Good Roots: Writers Reflect on Growing Up in Ohio (2006) — Avustaja — 22 kappaletta

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Bound to Please is a wonderful book. Subtitled An Extraordinary One-Volume Literary Education, it’s just what it says on the box.

It’s a compilation of book reviews and a few essays by Michael Dirda, who is the book critic for the Washington Post . He is extraordinarily well-read, and is able to bring his vast experience as a reader to write illuminating reviews of an eclectic collection of books. Each article pulls you in, even when he’s looking at books and authors who you may not have read or will never read.

Dirda’s reviews are so well written that this volume is hard to put down. Just as you feel you’ve had enough, your eye drifts to the next article and before you know it you’re reading a review of the collected letters of Flaubert, or of a biography of John Ruskin, or of Edgar Rice Burroughs, or of the collected fiction of Jorge Luis Borges or… As I say, a very wide-ranging, eclectic selection of literature.

It’s delightful to me that Dirda is so enthusiastic about so many authors who I have already experienced and enjoyed: A. S. Byatt, Phillip K. Dick, Terry Pratchett, Anthony Trollope, Edith Nesbit and many more. He’s a big fan of quality science fiction as well as the classics. Amazingly, he even knows his comic books. In fact, at times you feel that this man has read every book in the world.

And he makes you want to read everything too. It’s almost enough to make you despair, as you read the next review and think My gosh, I’d like to read that. If one only had but world enough and time…

This is a book which will make you fall in love with reading all over again. It’s a treasury of delights.
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davidrgrigg | 8 muuta kirja-arvostelua | Mar 23, 2024 |
Michael Dirda’s magisterial collection of critical essays, Bound to Please, carries the subtitle An Extraordinary One-Volume Literary Education. I confess that subtitle aroused my skepticism; however, I can report quite happily that this is not an example of that unfortunate tendency in American culture of hyperbole to surpass substance. Mr. Dirda’s book is, in fact, an extraordinary one-volume literary education.

It’s safe to say that Michael Dirda is a critic’s critic. His prose is energetic and rigorous, yet unforced. He is a gloriously catholic reader who conveys news from literary worlds that many if not most of his readers have not explored, and probably in many cases didn’t know existed. I particularly appreciated his writing on science fiction, which is edifying and has aroused my own interest in the genre. Furthermore, Mr. Dirda is au courant on translations and editions (his remarks on editions, out-of-print books, and used bookstores divulge, I think, the fact that he is, unsurprisingly, a bibliophile in the sense that he loves books as objects as well as the prose they contain) and this information will no doubt aid those in search of the books and authors he reviews.

Other than Edmund Wilson and the critics I read for my college thesis—e.g. Rene Wellek, Joseph Frank, and Mikhail Bakthin—I confess to a paucity of knowledge about the field. I have found a great deal of contemporary academic criticism opaque and self-indulgent—redolent of what George Jean Nathan once said about criticism: that it is “…the art wherewith a critic tries to guess himself into a share of the author’s fame.” Michal Dirda commits no such offense here, but rather elucidates for the common reader the great books and authors of all time and for all time.
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Mark_Feltskog | 8 muuta kirja-arvostelua | Dec 23, 2023 |
For as long as I can remember I've had the problem of having more books that I want to read, than the time to actually read them. Recently a friend gifted me with this book thinking I would enjoy it. Enjoy it I did, but now thanks to my friend and author Michael Dirda my problem has gotten worse than ever. So many great reading suggestions, but nowhere near the time, to get to them all...
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kevinkevbo | 23 muuta kirja-arvostelua | Jul 14, 2023 |
One of my favorite literary essayists, Michael Dirda's ability to discuss books in a way that makes the most difficult tome seem delightful is just amazing. I cannot recommend highly enough his essays for encouraging reading and providing suggestions on how and where to look to fulfill your literary dreams.
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jwhenderson | 4 muuta kirja-arvostelua | May 26, 2023 |



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