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“Reading is a majority skill but a minority art” – Julian Barnes.



In this National Year of Reading I just had to share this beautiful reflection by prize-winning author Julian Barnes. In it he discusses the important role that books have played in every stage of his development, and his thoughts about the future of the book. My favourite part in this section is where he says: There will always be non-readers, bad readers, lazy readers – there always were. Reading is a majority skill but a minority art.

He goes on to discuss the differences between reading from the printed page versus an e-reader (you can read my extensive post about that here). Being the supreme wordsmith that he is, Mr Barnes is able to beautifully articulate the simple yet subtle difference between the two: books look as if they contain knowledge, while e-readers look as if they contain information. Bravo, Mr Barnes.

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One thought on ““Reading is a majority skill but a minority art” – Julian Barnes.

  1. Reblogged this on Whimsically Yours and commented:
    I really identify with this article. I especially love it when the author talks about how he loves secondhand books because it’s as if he is receiving knowledge etc from the previous owner…I often feel the same way 🙂

    Posted by patrice345 | July 8, 2012, 7:07 am

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