How Mark A Book By Mortimer J. Adler

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"How to Mark a Book" by Mortimer J. Adler. "How to Mark a Book" by Mortimer J. Adler is an essay over the author 's belief on the importance of marking or writing inside a book. Adler 's primary purpose is persuasive. He writes to convince the reader to partake in writing in one 's own books when reading to become more efficient. Adler 's secondary purpose is expressive because of the way he describes his least favorite type of reader: "There are three kinds of book owners. The first has all the standard sets and best-sellers - unread, untouched. This deluded individual owns woodpulp and ink, not books" (17-6). Adler uses a couple of patterns during his essay. The first pattern is description. He explains that the true value of a book is in its ideas: "The soul of a book can be separated from its body. A book is more like the score of a piece of music than it is like a painting" (17-8). Adler then uses a comparison/contrast pattern to enlighten the reader about the three kinds of book owners. His least favorite type of reader was mention earlier in the analysis. The second type of book owner has many books but they have no written notes or markings by the owner. This owner is, compared to the next type in Alder 's eyes, still not a true book owner. The third and most desired type of book owner, according to Alder, has: "... a few books or many - every one of them dog-eared and dilapidated, shaken and loosened by continual use, marked and scribbled in from front to back.
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