A review by aimiller
How to Read Literature, by Terry Eagleton

funny informative inspiring medium-paced


Just an excellent, accessible read. I feel like I needed this book years ago, and learned so much from it despite it being so short—the chapter on character I think in particular managed to draw together ways of reading that hold a text’s original context alongside reading it with our own perspectives in a way I found really helpful, and the chapter on narrative did very similar, useful things. Plus Eagleton is funny—I was laughing out loud reading some of this, like, often. Eagleton just has this incredible way of breaking open topics and arguments that make things make perfect sense to me, and I appreciate it so much.