Thursday, June 27, 2013

Why Readers Disagree by Tim Parks | NYRblog | The New York Review of Books

Why Readers Disagree by Tim Parks | NYRblog | The New York Review of Books

Why Readers Disagree

Tim Parks


'In a world comparatively at peace now, Mr. Balfour tackles Benedetto Croce.'

“I love the new DeLillo.”
“And I hate it.”
It’s a familiar conversation: like against dislike with no possible resolution. Or alternatively: “I can’t see why Freedom upsets you so much. I didn’t like it either, but who cares?” Interest against disinterest; as when your wife/brother/friend/colleague raves about some Booker or Pulitzer winner and you feel vaguely guilty. “Sure,” you agree, “great writing, intriguing stuff.” But the truth is you just couldn’t find the energy to finish the book.

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