Thursday, 28 January 2010

Are you a good reader?

Trawling through Book blog land this lunch time, I came on this fascinating, and far more intellectually weighty, article on re-reading. Obviously this is something I have been contemplating recently (seeing as the foreseeable future of my life will re reading) and so I was naturally pleased to hear that Nabakov (dead+russian=must be right) believed that re-reading was essential to become A Good Reader.
Actually he said that we should, "notice and fondle." Which quite frankly is a theme that he seemed quite keen on.

He also compiled the following quiz for his students which I have shamelessly stolen from the lovely,

Less of a yes or no type of quiz, it's more of a provoke discussion kind of thing. Just pick the four answers you think are most accurate.

  1. The reader should belong to a book club
  2. The reader should identify himself or herself with the hero or heroine
  3. The reader should concentrate on the social-economic angle
  4. The reader should prefer a story with action and dialogue to one with none
  5. The reader should have seen the book in a movie
  6. The reader should be a budding author
  7. The reader should have imagination
  8. The reader should have memory
  9. The reader should have a dictionary
  10. The reader should have some artistic sense

Personally I'm going with: 2, 7, 8 & 10. But that's just me...

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