READING FOR PLEASURE by Bennett- Ed Cerf

READING FOR PLEASURE

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KIRKUS REVIEW

A feast of enjoyable writing from a lifetime of pleasure in reading""- so the well- known publisher, lecturer, humorist, etc., etc., etc., defines this 832 page book. From fiction and non-fiction he has chosen selections- whole and part- from the works of 65 authors, many of them familiar- some known to a few- some not found in any other collections. Throughout, Mr. Cerf's own comments add their dash of spice. The scope -- source wise -- is far reaching, going back to Richard Harding Davis and Galsworthy and forward to Truman Capote, Patrick Dennis, Art Buchwald. There's humor and nostalgia; there's superb storytelling and first rate reporting; there's adventure and exploration, scholarship and pointed weighing of values; there's romance and fantasy; there are bits chance-read and later unlocatable from current journalism. I think only its ponderous dimension will keep it from being the ideal guestroom table companion- and perhaps the paperbacks will issue it in three manageable volumes! There's almost sure appeal for all moods and humors, and should start readers re-exploring lost trails. For essential flavor -- for variety -- for many facets, sample the following:- The Dreadful Dragan of Boy Hill by Max Beerbohm; Anne Lindbergh's Channeled Whelb; Davis' The Bar Sinister, Katherine Maus-field's Revelations; Owen Johnson's The Great Pancake Record, E.B. White's Charloffe's Web; Alan Beck's What is a Boy? What is a Girl? Saki's Vashtar. Haphazard you will say? I like it.

Publisher: Harper