This witty collection of essays recounts a lifelong love affair with books and language. For Fadiman, the books she loves have become chapters in her own life story, and revives the tradition of the well-crafted personal essay with anecdotes on Coleridge and Orwell as well as her own literary family. 25,000.
Could be viewed as pretentious, with lots of references, and name dropping; but I really enjoy this little book about books and the love of reading/words. It's a good book to slip in your bag for when you're travelling - as the essays are self-contained snippets, and the book is in a small format. If you're a bibliophile then you should find something in this collection to relate to. Often brings a smile to my face, and have re-read it a number of times over many years.
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