Ten Books

Via Peter Leithart

Pamuk again: “to read well is not to pass one’s eyes and one’s mind slowly and carefully over a text: it is to immerse oneself utterly in its soul. This is why we fall in love with only a few books in a lifetime. Even the most finely honed personal library is made up of a number of books that are all in competition with one another. The jealousies among these books endows the creative writer with a certain gloom. Flaubert was right to say that if a man were to read ten books with sufficient care, he would become a sage. As a rule, most people have not even done that, and that is why they collect books and show off their libraries.”

Ouch.

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One Response to “Ten Books”

  1. Athos Says:

    Ouch indeed, and guilty of using my BarnesnNoble 25% off coupon yesterday. Cheers

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