A Quick Review On Reading Skills

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A Quick Review
One of the major issues, making it difficult to evaluate How to Read a Book, is that this reviewer did not have any books in his personal library with which to compare it. Sure, there are websites and classes one might encounter that will help to improve the person in various aspects their of reading skills, but too often these mediums seem to be more concerned with rapid and mass consumption with the least amount of effort to produce an “acceptable” product. The intent in many approaches to reading is not Adler and Doren’s purpose of increased understanding, but is instead merely gaining information to finalize a project quickly and advance to the next assignment. This is what made this book not only unique, but also refreshing.
Every chapter of this book sought to fulfill the goal of truly grasping the writer’s intent. A major premise they make is that to understand what the author is seeking to convey—beyond simple information gathering—requires the reader to actively engage, digest, and think with the book. They suggest that within western culture, many are slaves to non-active reading, and this negligence has resulted in a failure to come to truly realize and appreciate the author’s intent. In an age of sound bites and quick quotes, this not only made this book standout, but it was also convicting and challenging.
The purpose of the authors, however, was greater than understanding the writer one might read. They presented four different levels of reading…

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