The Pleasure of Reading by Antonia FraserIt was the rich vein of ego-wanking pseuditude of so many contributors that put me off, really. Germaine Greer sounds like a Philomena Cunk sketch satirising Germaine Greer. Many authors seem desperately keen to tell you which authors they kept away from - Beatrix Potter and Enid Blyton, usually - so that you can admire the taste and discretion they showed even as infants. Some they want to tell you that they were reduced to reading under the covers with a torch (or candle, allegedly) or while they were doing the hoovering (because their Philistine, suburban parents having sadly failed to recognise their genius, had encumbered them with tiresome chores).
There are some more interesting sections in between the unresolved family issues and smuggery. Tom Stoppard admits he wished he could see the others before he wrote his, and is the only one that acknowledges the inherent one-upmanship in the exercise. Margaret Atwood, Ruth Rendell, Patrick Leigh Fermor and, surprisingly, Michael Foot are all entertaining and enlightening.
This was originally published a few years ago as a Fundraiser for the Give a Book charity and was reissued last year in an updated (more women, some black people) version. I prefer reading about the lives of long-dead authors, really, so I am not really its target audience.
Short Essay on the Pleasures of Reading
Pleasure of Reading : Reading may be a compulsion for a school going child, pastime for a retired person, but a pleasure for many. You can discover simile on the face of novel- reader, a gleam in the eyes of the reader of a poem and furrow of seriousness on the forehead of a person reading a newspaper report. Reading disturbs mind and heart. Waves of thinking and emotion are generated by reading. So the pleasure is immediate and it continues to linger in the mind.
Food i s necessary for our body. Similarly, we also need. The best food for the mind is the reading. It has a joy of it s own, which perhaps nothing el se. R ead ing gives us peculiar joy and we. Reading is of different kinds.
Pleasure of Reading
Books are the store of knowledge and wisdom. They contain variety of pleasures. Reading books makes our mind strong and broaden our outlook. Reading of books gives us a great pleasure. They are the best friends of man. Through books we come to know our civilization. Through books we come into contact with great scholars, poets and philosophers.
Pleasures of reading are pleasures of ever. One who enjoys pleasures of reading needs no other pleasures. One who is the friend of books needs no other friend. Books are our nearest and dearest friend. They are our kith and kin. We can depend upon books for the right advice at all times and climbs of life.