On Reading Well by Karen Swallow Prior

On Reading Well

Reading great literature well has the power to cultivate virtue. Great literature increases knowledge of and desire for the good life by showing readers what virtue looks like and where vice leads. It is not just what one reads but how one reads that cultivates virtue. Reading good literature well requires one to practice numerous virtues, such as patience, diligence, and prudence. And learning to judge wisely a character in a book, in turn, form...

Details On Reading Well

TitleOn Reading Well
Release DateSep 4th, 2018
PublisherBrazos Press
GenreNonfiction, Writing, Books About Books

Reviews On Reading Well

  • Samuel James
    On the one hand are rote worldview tests that strip stories and art down to their "good vs bad" parts. On the other hand is a cottage industry of "engaging culture" that usually translates into consuming whatever we like indiscriminately and calling it a Christian exercise. What I love most about this book is how Prior offers a roadmap for something better: Truly seeing reality along the light beams of great books with the aim of attaining Christ...
  • Lori
    Liberty University professor Karen Swallow Prior discusses twelve literary works in light of Christian virtues portrayed in each. She utilizes other literature, theological and Biblical studies works, philosophy, and classics to reach her conclusions. The work is divided into sections for the cardinal virtues, theological virtues, and heavenly virtues. Contents include:Prudence: The History of Tom Jones, a Foundling by Henry FieldingTemperance: T...
  • Clara
    "But it is not enough to read widely. One must also read well. One must read virtuously".This book is a thesis on why reading goes beyond entertainment, but feeding the soul.Of course literature review book might seem an obvious choice for a bookworm, but it's not. To pic up a book of someone who actually understand the art that is writing and reading is refreshing, as if, paraphrasing C.S Lewis, a friendship can be formed because you come to tha...
  • Emily Schultz
    I think this is my favorite of all of the books I read in 2018. On Reading Well shows the reader how to find virtue in fiction works. You can read my full review here: https://wp.me/p9XsVt-uI was provided with an advanced electronic copy through NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.
  • Daniel Coughlin
    FYI: I received an advanced reading copy from the publisher (and a poster) with no strings attached except I can't share direct quotes. On Reading Well is an excellent encouragement for reading great books. Honestly, reading through the chapters I was taken back to the discussions in my college's literatures courses. Except I have the benefit of an additional 20 years of living, marriage, career, and children that I bring with my eyes on the book...
  • Gina Dalfonzo
    As always, Karen presents us with a deeply insightful and moving analysis of great literature and how it applies to our emotional, moral, and spiritual lives. Although "A Tale of Two Cities" is my favorite novel and I loved her chapter on that one (which I got to help with a little bit! :-) ), what brought me to tears was her chapter on "Tenth of December," a book I haven't even read yet. Which just goes to show how good Karen is at bringing thes...
  • Dorothy Greco
    Karen's wit, wisdom, insight and spectacular skill as a writer ALWAYS make for a good read. In her third book, Prior chooses 12 literature classics (e.g. The Great Gatsby, Pilgrim's Progress, and A Tale of Two Cities) and mines them for the virtue that they embody. That might not sound compelling but that's because I'm not nearly as gifted a writer as Prior. If you're not familiar with her, you should be. She's one of the preeminent thinkers and ...
  • Ned Bustard
    This was an excellent book—it had great insights into classic works of literature and inspired me to want to read several great books that I have never gotten around to picking up. And, of course, I like the artwork on the cover and at the opening of each chapter...
  • Nick Roark