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Monday, October 24, 2005

You Mean One Has To Read The Pesky Thing?

"Books are the new snobbery", according to a new survey. The Guardian's report says:

" 'Driven partly by pressure from incessant literary prize shortlists, more than one in three consumers in London and the south-east admit having bought a book, 'solely to look intelligent'."

One in 25 surveyed had read Salman Rushdie's Midnight's Children; one in 100 had read Andrea Levy's Small Island and -- gasp! -- not one so far had read John Banville's The Sea.

The report continues: "Elyas Choudhury, an Expedia director, said yesterday: 'We seem to have lost sight of the fact that reading a book should be a personal, enjoyable and relaxing experience, not one dictated by social pressure.' "

4 Comments:

  • http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/article/2005/10/20/AR2005102001723.html
    Thought you might get a kick out this listing. Or not. Nevertheless, here it is.

    By Anonymous Ph, at 12:54 AM  

  • The Seth review? Was interesting -- thanks!

    By Blogger PrufrockTwo, at 10:39 AM  

  • No, no, your blog is linked on that page. Scroll down, its in a boxed item titled Who's Blogging, below the picture. Check.

    By Anonymous Ph, at 5:25 PM  

  • Ah, ok. Recognition at last.

    By Blogger PrufrockTwo, at 5:51 PM  

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