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V. S. Naipaul on How to Be A Good Student of English Literature

    V. S. Naipaul is a winner of Nobel Prize in Literature, the Booker Prize. He’s the author of House of Mr. Biswas, A Bend in the River, and numerous other books. Between Father and Son: Family Letters is a poignant collection of letters he exchanged mostly with his father and elder sister while […]

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Reading As A Social Activity

 image by pedrosimoes7   These days, we see reading as an isolated activity. You take a book, retire to your reading nook, and don’t come out for hours. That’s how we see reading. But that’s not entirely true, and it wasn’t always the case. In 18th century particularly, reading was a social activity, and an […]

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The Man of Feeling – A Novel of Sensibilities

    The Man of Feeling, a sentimental novel by Henry Mackenzie was published in 1771 at the pinnacle of sentimental literature. The importance of sensibilities in a polite society was catching momentum and Mackenzie’s hero Harley was the quintessential sentimental hero. It is difficult to look at Harley through 21st century mindset and admire […]

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How to Find Time to Read When You Are Busy

image byFrogglin   “I am so busy” – this one phrase pretty much sums up the modern life for most people. You hear it all the time. I don’t have time to do this or that, because I’m so busy. I know you are busy, but I can assure you that you can still find […]

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4 Reasons You Should Read Books in Different Languages

  image by Dolly Garland   Do you read books in different languages? I don’t mean books translated from foreign languages. I mean, actually reading in other languages.  I think being able to read something in the original language is absolutely the best way to experience any given material. It’s not always possible, but if you […]

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5 Ways to Experience Life-Giving Power of Literature

  image by achievers   When I look back, I am so impressed again with the life-giving power of literature. If I were a young person today, trying to gain a sense of myself in the world, I would do that again by reading, just as I did when I was young. – Maya Angelou   […]

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Book Review: Lexicon by Max Barry

  NO SPOILERS! I haven’t reviewed books on Kaizen Reading before, but I just finished reading Lexicon by Max Barry. It’s the kind of book that reviewing on Amazon alone isn’t enough. I want to tell everyone about it. I want to tell people to go and immediately buy this book, and start reading. Therefore, […]

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Ask the Readers: Do You Re-Read Books?

  One of the problems loving books is that there is just never enough time to read everything you want. It’s even worse when you also like to re-read books, as I do.  But even for all the new books out there that I want to devour, I wouldn’t give up re-reading.  Re-reading serves different […]

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Ask the Readers: Which Writers Intrigue You?

  image by Dolly Garland   Sometimes, I get curious about certain writers through unusual means. It could be because of reading one of their books, as in the case of F. Scott Fitzgerald, but at other times it’s because of what I learn about them or about their work in other sources. For example, […]

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Kaizen Reading: One Year On…

  image by d3bz The first year of Kaizen Reading has flown by. Last year, when I started this blog, I was volunteering in Ecuador. Right now, I am in the US visiting my family. During this year, Kaizen Reading has been steadily growing presence in my life.  I am constantly reading, but not all those […]

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