A Passion for Books by Dale Salwak (eds.)

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Unique book: 1994

After a 12 months of grand adventures traveling the classical ruins of Italy and Greece, Iphiginia vibrant again to England to find that the true pleasure used to be at domestic. it sounds as if her Aunt Zoe has fallen sufferer to a sinister blackmailer and simply Iphiginia can desire to prevent the perpetrator ahead of he can do extra damage. Her plan is electrified: Imitating history's so much mythical beauties--Cleopatra, Helen of Troy, Aphrodite--the former schoolmistress will remake herself, and descend upon London Society because the magnificent mistress of Marcus Valerius Cloud, the notorious Earl of Masters. Rumors trace that the Earl has disappeared on the blackmailer's fingers, and through posing as his unknown mistress, Iphiginia is confident she will be able to ferret out the villain. in a single day, Iphiginia is reworked right into a imaginative and prescient with a bunch of keen admirers, together with one she doesn't count on -- the Earl of Masters himself, who strides right into a shimmering ballroom one night to cooly reclaim his "mistress". he's every little thing they are saying he's. .. boastful, appealing, devastatingly seductive, and Iphiginia can't aid yet be enthralled. but if Marcus is of the same opinion to play together with her charade, she doesn't be aware of that the made up our minds earl has plans of his personal: to tease and tempt her, until eventually the gorgeous deceiver turns into greater than his mistress in identify only.

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If such a world has never come into being for you, as a reader, the effect of reading a few books - and no doubt good books - a bit later on in life, probably when you are a student, is very different. It produces an interest, not in the books themselves, but in yourself. And at the same time the student is reading the texts for his course, he or she is very likely concerned too with a course on writing. Do it yourself - 'creative' writing. And yet of course in most cases it is hardly creative but self-creative, self-absorbing, self-proclaiming.

In print - in actual print in those happily prudish times - it used the word 'jugs' to refer to a girl's breasts. ' Although I was never a good student, the University of Chicago did teach me which were the important books. I was, though, pleased to depart that exalted setting so that I might read, alongside all those great books, a number of merely good ones, of my own choosing and to be read in my own unsystematic way. My own unsystematic way included a few key motives, among them reading to discover what life was supposed to be like and how one was supposed to live it.

And the rest of it. O n the contrary. My motives in reading are thoroughly mixed, but pure pleasure is always high among them. I read for aesthetic pleasure. If anything, with the passing of years, I have become sufficiently the aesthetic snob so that I can scarcely drag my eyes across the pages of a badly or even pedestrianly written book. ' Along with the love of style, I read in the hope of laughter, exaltation, insight, enhanced consciousness, and dare I say it, wisdom; I read, finally, hoping to get a little smarter about the world.

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