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One of America's finest essayists writes about 40 literary masterpieces that have been wrongfully forgotten or were ignored in the first place....

Title : A Reader's Delight
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ISBN : 9780874514322
Format Type : Paperback
Number of Pages : 208 Pages
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A Reader's Delight Reviews

  • Lobstergirl
    2019-04-28 08:15

    I love the idea behind this - unearthing truly neglected books worth reading. I don't like Perrin's writing style, PBS/NPR self-satisfied, yet aimed low, at precocious 9th graders rather than adults who are fairly familiar with literature. (If he were an economics correspondent, he would be Paul Solman.) It's annoying enough that I won't read any more of him.

  • Bryan Alexander
    2019-05-04 04:29

    Enjoyed parts of this, then the library lost its copy.Someday I'll return to it.

  • Gary
    2019-05-01 00:26

    Man, Noel Perrin.....

  • Monique
    2019-04-27 08:31

    Another delightful book about reviews of old or forgotten books, somewhat reminiscent of Second Reading, but with more descriptive contents. The author only chose books that had been in print for more than 15 years. They also had to be relatively unknown to the general public. The whole is pleasant to read and generated enough interest to want to reserve some of the titles from the public library. I recommend this book to people who like to read off the well-read path.

  • Cera
    2019-05-22 06:26

    This is an enjoyable collection of super-short essays (between 4-6 pages apiece, as I recall) about unappreciated books that Perrin loves. I last read it in September, 2004, and marked down most of his recommendations only to (as so often happens) fail to follow up on them. I was thus pleasantly surprised when I decided to reread it to discover that quite a few books I've fallen in love with since then are noted in Perrin's text. As I realised this time through, however, his reviews often don't do a lot for me; he rarely articulates what his standards are, and when I can discern them from close reading I often find myself vehemently disagreeing with his conclusions without really understanding how he drew them. Still, it was an enjoyable afternoon of browsing, and convinced me that I really need to get around to reading Charles Williams sooner rather than later.

  • Kathleen Fowler
    2019-05-17 04:29

    I love books about books. I cherish this one in particular because it has led me to so many others I might never have discovered. Perrin endeavors to provide the world with a list of books which, in his opinion, deserve more attention than they have received. They are not the best books of all time, they are simply some very good books, which have fallen into an undeserved obscurity. It is very difficult to read Perrin's impassioned paeans to the books he loves without succumbing to the urge to read each and every one of those books. His beautifully crafted essays are a joy to read. In fact, I have to admit that Perrin's essays occasionally make better reading than the books they are extolling. I have been disappointed in his recommendations more than once, but that's only to be expected, isn't it?

  • Lisa
    2019-05-07 06:07

    While a great book is hard to beat, a good book about great books is a sturdy second. In this charming and chatty book, Noel Perrin, book lover and professor of enviromental studies, unearths 40 more or lessforgotten gems with, as he says, "its simple purpose[being] to steer people toward a winter's worth or a summer's worth of unusually pleasing reading." I have read as many of the books mentioned as I could or have yet found and have not yet been dissapointed. I bookcrossed my first copy of the book, them wished I hadn't. This September I found another copy at the library book sale and scarfed it up immediately. This one is going to stay put!

  • Lisa Houlihan
    2019-05-02 04:30

    That's a literal title. I had heard of a few of Perrin's authors or titles (Robert Graves, Joseph Mitchell, Guard of Honor, A Fine and Private Place) and now, solely on the his enticing, enchanting essays, I want to read them all. And even if Perrin is wrong (which I doubt) and the books' obscurity deserved, I shall have delighted in Perrin's essays themselves, which are as masterful as the books they tout.

  • Lwright
    2019-04-26 06:26

    Everyone should read some Noel Perrin. He recommends so many of my favorites in A Readers Delight. Including Watership Down , A fine and private place, and one by the lesser Inkling...about a strange London...check it out

  • Tim
    2019-04-25 05:15

    I loved the little essays in Perrin's collection, A Reader's Delight. He introduces and recommends lesser known works and it has added to this reader's reading list. I have even already read William Dean Howell's Indian Summer and found it all Perrin said it would be. A great work to dip into at your leisure.

  • Herb Hastings
    2019-05-18 08:11

    I just reread this book for the first time since 1988. It is a must read for every book lover. Perrin writes like a man who not only loves books but loves sharing them with other readers. Several books that hold a prominent place on my shelves, I had forgotten I had discovered through Perrin.

  • Lesli
    2019-05-21 02:24

    A Reader's Delight is a series of reviews of books the author considers to be "unknown classics." It is one of the books I most highly recommend. Every book that I have read so far that he recommends, I have greatly enjoyed.

  • Rachel
    2019-04-29 00:16

    dipping in this collection of essays and quite enjoying it. it's basically about books - obscure and otherwise - that perrin has loved and feels others would....

  • Beverly
    2019-05-11 08:14

    Wonderful set of reviews of Perrin's favorite not-quite-classics, some of which I'd actually read myself. A great reference for finding my next good read.

  • Rob McMonigal
    2019-05-14 03:33

    See my review here:

  • Maggie Salisbury
    2019-04-27 06:11