December 23, 2020
Review: On Reading Well by Karen Swallow Prior
On Reading Well: Finding the Good Life Through Great Books by Karen Swallow Prior
My rating: 4 of 5 stars
Prior engages the classical virtues and their role in our lives via a discussion of great literature and the role it can play in shaping said virtues with us.
I was a little worried that this would simply be a collection of book reports, as it were, but was pleased to find more. Swallow has thought deeply about each of these virtues, and so is interacting not only with the chosen book for each chapter, but also theology, philosophy, and ethics.
The entire book is worth reading. However, if you're on the fence, and happen to be one of those dinosaurs who likes to walk through a Barnes and Noble and thumbing through a book before purchasing, read the chapter on Kindness. It's worth the price of the volume.
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