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Wednesday, May 21, 2008

“Literature Is a Commonwealth”*

As the Queen in The Uncommon Reader begins to enjoy her new hobby, she becomes introspective and tries to figure out why reading is so appealing to her (p.30). As someone who has always put duty before pleasure, she decides it is because books are indifferent. “Books don’t care who is reading them . . . all readers were equal.” Later she adds, “it [reading] was anonymous; it was shared; it was common.”

We all have our personal reading favorites, but what do you think is the reading common to our culture, as a whole? Is it Tom Sawyer by Mark Twain, The Great Gatsby by F.S. Scott Fitzgerald or something else?

Let us know.

*Once a week, library staff will post an entry here on The Uncommon Reader, this year’s All Fairfax Reads selection. The project invites all residents of Fairfax County and the City of Fairfax to read and discuss the same book. Check our Web site for a book discussion guide and upcoming events as they are scheduled.

1 comment:

Anonymous said...

There are certain authors that are considered "American" in their style, such as Edgar Alan Poe, Nathaniel Hawthorne, John Steinbeck, J.D. Salinger, John Cheever, Don Delillo. Not sure what the common thread is for them.