One evening at a remote provincial college through which I happened to be jogging on a protracted lecture tour, I suggested a little quiz – ten definitions of a reader, and from these ten the students had to choose four definitions that would combine to make a good reader. I have mislaid the list, but as far as I remember the definitions went something like this.
Select four answers to the question what should a reader be to be a good reader.
1. The reader should belong to a book club.
2. The reader should identify himself or herself with the hero or heroine.
3. The reader should concentrate on the social-economic angle.
4. The reader should prefer a story with action and dialogue to one with none.
5. The reader should have seen the book in a movie.
6. The reader should be a budding author.
7. The reader should have imagination.
8. The reader should have memory.
9. The reader should have a dictionary.
10. The reader should have some artistic sense.
Vladimir Nabokov, Lectures on Literature, 1982.
Provate a rispondere. Domani pubblico la risposta esatta (secondo Nabokov), a meno che non abbiate il libro in questione. In tal caso la risposta è a pagina 3.
Fra l’altro, dopo tanti tira e molla il figlio Dimitri ha deciso di pubblicare il manoscritto, The Original of Laura.
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