This is going to be an interesting book review: considerable amount of time have passed since I have finished reading this book. Unwillingly, I am remembering how Pierre Bayard was comparing books which we have read some time ago and slowly forgetting with books which we did not read at all in his How to talk about books which you have not read What is this book about?
Controversial title for the book, right? I wonder how many people read this book only because of its title. You can think that this is some kind of a jokes book or, perhaps, a guide about cold reading technics. No, it is actually a serious book. Before I tell you about the main idea in the book, I need to set some common grounds. First of all, people form opinion about books not only because of the text itself, but because of many external factors: the time when the book was written, the author, the country etc… For example you can’t imagine thinking about Mein Kempf disconnected from its author, time and historic events which took place before and after the publication of this book.
On writing book reviews It is really weird writing a book review, especially on a personal blog. Why do it in the first place? What is the ultimate goal? Do I want to share my thoughts and start a discussion? This question becomes weirder once you think about how many different book review exists. It would be an interesting research: how many average human lives there are required to read only reviews of every book in the world?