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    Why do you read books? (please answer in one sentence)

    “Everybody else is working to change, persuade, tempt and control them. The best readers come to fiction to be free of all that noise.”
    ― Philip Roth

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    I read to luxuriate in language, and to learn about life from an unlimited variety of perspectives.


    (Love the Roth quotation.)

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    Me too.
    You learn about life through reading and this is really amazing if you think about it!

    Do you like Roth in general?

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    Alas, I haven't yet read any of his works. I'll get to him eventually, though.

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    I tend toward Francis Bacon's admonishment to read to "weigh and consider" (from "Of Study"). Of the elements of a book I weigh and consider are chiefly those outlined by Harold Bloom in his Where Shall Wisdom Be Found?: aesthetic splendor; intellectual power; wisdom.

    Also, I quite enjoy Roth and have been reading his works for a long time.
    "J'ai seul la clef de cette parade sauvage."
    - Rimbaud

    "Il est l'heure de s'enivrer!
    Pour n'être pas les esclaves martyrisés du Temps,
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    enivrez-vous sans cesse!
    De vin, de poésie ou de vertu, à votre guise."
    - Baudelaire

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    I read to get fresh perspectives to give my nighttime dreaming something to think about.

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    Quote Originally Posted by YesNo View Post
    I read to get fresh perspectives to give my nighttime dreaming something to think about.
    Very interesting!

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    Quote Originally Posted by chrisvia View Post
    I tend toward Francis Bacon's admonishment to read to "weigh and consider" (from "Of Study"). Of the elements of a book I weigh and consider are chiefly those outlined by Harold Bloom in his Where Shall Wisdom Be Found?: aesthetic splendor; intellectual power; wisdom.

    Also, I quite enjoy Roth and have been reading his works for a long time.
    which Roth's book you enjoyed the most?

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    impossible to do justice in one sentence but, for a still true, though incomplete picture:

    I read because i love the ability of words and sentences to give voice to thoughts; books are conversations I wish I were having in worlds I want to visit.

    if I change my username can I come back and give another answer? laughs...

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    Quote Originally Posted by Catherine.L View Post
    which Roth's book you enjoyed the most?
    My favourites are:
    The Breast
    American Pastoral
    The Human Stain
    The Dying Animal
    Everyman


    Narrowed from that list to a top 3:
    American Pastoral
    The Human Stain
    The Dying Animal

    And finally...

    My favourite Roth novel (that's I've read, of course):
    The Human Stain
    "J'ai seul la clef de cette parade sauvage."
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    "Il est l'heure de s'enivrer!
    Pour n'être pas les esclaves martyrisés du Temps,
    enivrez-vous;
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    De vin, de poésie ou de vertu, à votre guise."
    - Baudelaire

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    I read books for Self improvement and language development.

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    hahaha no you don't need to change your username! I agree, books are conversations (long ones)!
    Quote Originally Posted by bounty View Post
    impossible to do justice in one sentence but, for a still true, though incomplete picture:

    I read because i love the ability of words and sentences to give voice to thoughts; books are conversations I wish I were having in worlds I want to visit.

    if I change my username can I come back and give another answer? laughs...

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    smiles...so if I can give another one sentence answer, and this one is more revealing.

    I read because often life is painful, and books are a respite and a restorative.

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    There's nothing good on TV.

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    bounty " books are conversations I wish I were having in worlds I want to visit. "

    YES.

    I can only add: the authors and characters in my library are my friends and too often they are much more interesting than people I encounter in everyday life.

    cheating: or that there's an itch in my brain and literature/reading is by far the easiest way to scratch it.
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