Wednesday, 4 February 2009

The Rights of the Reader, by Daniel Pennac – reviewed

Very bracing. Aimed at teachers and parents, but anyone who likes books enough to use Goodreads, say, will get something out of it. It’s rather hard to believe his stories of getting young people to read the classics, but you can’t argue with experience.

The passage where Pennac talks about difficult books, about there being the right time to read them, was interesting for me, since I’ve a set of his books (in French) that I’ve never managed to get into. Maybe it’s time to give them another try.

The Rights of the Reader, by Daniel Pennac. Walker Books, pb, 174pp.

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