Woolf, Virginia: “How One Should Read a Book”

想起前一段曾梦到 Virginia Woolf,就用她的 essay  “How One Should Read a Book” 作为新的一年读书的开篇,这是我第一次读她写的东西。同样是谈怎样读书,Adler 苦口婆心,而Woolf 的文字时时透着优雅。


开篇第一段,她着重强调阅读无权威无法律制约。 (para 1)

The only advice, indeed, that one person can give another about reading is to take no advice, to follow your own instincts, to use your own reason, to come to your own conclusions. … because independence is the most important quality that a reader can possess.

To admit authorities, however heavily furred and gowned, into our libraries and let them tell us how to read, what to read, what value to place upon what we read, is to destroy the spirit of freedom which is the breath of those sanctuaries.

然后提出问题,怎样开始阅读?(para 2)

不同类型的书,写不同的东西;把自己变成作者,敞开心胸。(para 3-8)

理解内容仅是阅读的一半,完成阅读需要对书进行不苛刻的评判。随着阅读的增多,对书的评断会超越个别的书而去搜寻那类书的质量,而最终提升超越自己。 (para 9-11)

带着书上天堂的人不需要其他reward. (para 12)

“Look, these need no reward. We have nothing to give them here. They have loved reading. “


(GGB, Vol. 5, pp. 5-14)



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