Book review

¿Qué puede hacer una reseña por un libro? Stephen Burt, miembro del National Book Critics Circle, responde:

What can a book review do for a book? [It can] cause others to pay attention to it. Cause others to be interested in it. Describe it accurately. Do justice to it. Indicate what, if anything, makes the book stand out, seem original or memorable, or, indeed, accurate, or [what makes it] sound good. Describe the book as a work of art rather than as simply a representation. Say, and I’m going to misquote the philosopher Arthur Danto here, what is in the book that is not reducible to its content. Cause others to talk about the book. Indicate what about the book is deeply flawed so that artists and readers with interests similar to the author of the book will do better next time. Engage in a public dialogue with the author herself about her new book and her prior books and, perhaps, her next book. Indicate, as in the case of James Wood and hysterical realism, what is, for good or for ill, and it often is for ill, typical or representative about a book, either of kinds of books, or of the age, or the culture that the book comes from. Differentiate the book from other books that seem similar. Indicate that the books has some kind of internal variety or is divided within itself in a way that other readers of the book, [if it] is widely reviewed, haven’t noticed. Bring, and this is my very favorite thing to try to do as a reviewer, bring to the attention of other readers a book, an author, or a work, that doesn’t seem to have been noticed at all, and that deserves attention.

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2 Responses to Book review

  1. Marcia says:

    La ilustracion que usaste para este tema me ha gustado mucho, podrias decirme de donde es. Deseo hacer un marcador de libros para una actividad (donde se vera el cortometraje chileno Una Estrella Alcanzar), en la cual se entregara como obsequio.


  2. Irad Nieto says:

    Estimada Marcia.

    La verdad es que me topé con esta imagen en google, buscando libros o books. Pero no tengo registrado el sitio.



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