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The Books in My Life (Classic Reprint) Paperback – August 2, 2012
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To be honest, I spent a lot of time asking myself, Why am I reading this? Why did I think it was a good idea? Why am I reading about someone else reading and not reading for myself and forming my own opinions? I do have a curiosity about what is on others' shelves and lists, I'm always looking for a new door to open and for good conversation, I agree that reading matters and Miller does respond to those impulses. I did get barrels of conversation, there were some brilliant points and his self absorption can be amusing. However, I did not learn anything that made me want to read Miller's fiction or learn more about his life. I was familiar with many of the works he championed but was not sufficiently convinced to run out and try those with which I was not.
Part of my struggle lies in the fact that the print is small and my eyes are over 40. Interestingly, this edition carries a preface by Miller that observes that the original edition had very small print and this was better! I have to wonder if the text is actually a reprint of the first edition, what with some uncorrected typos and misspellings in places and that tiny print which turned a 316 page book into something that felt closer to 450 pages. In some respects, Miller is more open minded than many of his peers, especially about the world's religions, but his language is saturated in the masculine imperative.
I could go on...but my point is; Don't Buy This Book!