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Why Literature Is Bad for You [Paperback]

Peter Thorpe
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June 1980 0882297457 978-0882297453
Why Literature Is Bad for You [Paperback] Peter Thorpe (Author), BOOK

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  • Paperback
  • Publisher: Burnham Inc Pub (June 1980)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0882297457
  • ISBN-13: 978-0882297453
  • Product Dimensions: 8.4 x 5.4 x 0.6 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 6.4 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #5,029,054 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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5.0 out of 5 stars Deserves More than 5 stars...Indespensable! August 21, 1998
Buy this book quickly and pay whatever the bookseller asks! This one-of-a-kind book will change the way you think about literature. I love literature, and so does the author,but its dark side is seldom discussed. It can make you lazy, it can make you a chronic contrarian, it can be a trojan horese which slips silly ideas into your mind which you would never accept if they were presented to you as rational arguments(the perfect example of this is the fact that we're supposed to sympathize with Mersault in Camu's "The Stranger," even though he shot a man for the simple reason that the sun was in his eyes.) The publisher needs to keep this book constantly in print..
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4.0 out of 5 stars Literature is bad for you March 7, 2013
Although I don't agree with all the examples the author cites, it is undeniable that the effect of literature upon morality and morale is not always neutral. The author knows how to write and the short chapters went down easy. I recommend this book heartily!
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5.0 out of 5 stars Original, Unusual, Insane, and Excellent October 26, 1999
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This book is both charming and irritating. I recommend it highly DESPITE the fact that the prose is poorly written, the ideas often pedestrian, and the attitude is--to be charitable and Nietzschean-- "unzeitgemässig." Still, anyone who is trapped in Academe will be both entertained by this book and perhaps moved to deep thought.
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