The Shelf: From LEQ to LES: Adventures in Extreme Reading

Book by Phyllis Rose

  • Published: Sep 10, 2020

Phyllis Rose embarks on a grand literary experimentto read her way through a random shelf of library books, LEQLES Can you have an Extreme Adventure in a library? Phyllis Rose casts herself into the wilds of an Upper East Side lending library in an effort... read more

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Details of The Shelf: From LEQ to LES: Adventures in Extreme Reading

Exact title of the book
The Shelf: From LEQ to LES: Adventures in Extreme Reading
Book author
Phyllis Rose
ISBN
9780374709792
Publisher
Farrar, Straus and Giroux
Published
May 13, 2014
Language
English
Format
PDF, FB2, EPUB, MOBI
Pages
288
File size (in PDF)
2592 kB

Some brief overview of book

Phyllis Rose embarks on a grand literary experimentto read her way through a random shelf of library books, LEQLES Can you have an Extreme Adventure in a library? Phyllis Rose casts herself into the wilds of an Upper East Side lending library in an effort to do just that. Hoping to explore the "real ground of literature," she reads her way through a somewhat randomly chosen shelf of fiction, from LEQ to LES.

The shelf has everything Rose could wish fora classic she has not read, a remarkable variety of authors, and a range of literary styles. The early nineteenth-century Russian classic A Hero of Our Time by Mikhail Lermontov is spine by spine with The Phantom of the Opera by Gaston Leroux. Stories of French Canadian farmers sit beside those about aristocratic Austrians.

California detective novels abut a picaresque novel from the seventeenth century. There are several novels by a wonderful, funny, contemporary novelist who has turned to raising dogs because of the tepid response to her work. In The Shelf, Rose investigates the books on her shelf with exuberance, candor, and wit while pondering the many questions her experiment raises and measuring her discoveries against her own inner shelfthose texts that accompany us through life.

"Fairly sure that no one in the history of the world has read exactly this series of novels," she sustains a sense of excitement as she creates a refreshingly original and generous portrait of the literary enterprise.

About author

Rose is the author of A Woman of Letters, a biography of Virginia Woolf that was a finalist for the 1979 National Book Award; Parallel Lives Five Victorian Marriages; Jazz Cleopatra Josephine Baker in Her Time; The Year of Reading Proust A Memoir in Real Time; and two collections of essays. She divides her time between Key West and New York City.

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