Ainda no Guardian, resultados de um pool sobre os hábitos de leitura dos britânicos:

George Orwell’s Nineteen Eighty-Four comes top in a poll of the UK’s guilty reading secrets. Asked if they had ever claimed to read a book when they had not, 65% of respondents said yes and 42% said they had falsely claimed to have read Orwell’s classic in order to impress. This is followed by Tolstoy’s War and Peace (31%), James Joyce’s Ulysses (25%) and the Bible (24%).

The poll, conducted to tie in with World Book Day today, also reveals that many of us are impatient readers – we skip to the end – and are not particularly bothered about how we treat the actual book – we turn the page to keep our place.

While 33% say they have never lied, a clear majority have. The writer Francesca Simon, creator of the Horrid Henry children’s books, believes it is possible to get sucked into making false claims. She recalled an Oxford don asking her if she knew the works of Italo Calvino. “I said that I’d heard of him and she started questioning me over which books I had read and I couldn’t get out of it. It felt lamer to then say ‘yes I’ve heard of him’. Like saying ‘yes, I’ve heard of Shakespeare’. I think she just thought I was stupid.”

When asked to name the writers they really enjoyed, 61% of people ticked JK Rowling and 32% John Grisham.” [grifos meus]

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Melhor parte:

Of course lying about books you have read can be better than admitting to the books you have not. In David Lodge’s novel Changing Places two academics play a game called Humiliation, in which the winner is the one with the most shameful admission. The obnoxious American Howard Ringbaum is initially reticent but throws himself into it, admitting to not having read Hamlet.

He wins the game but loses his job.”

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Vocês, queridos leitores, já mentiram sobre livros que (não) leram?  Paulo, confessa aí que você nunca leu Atlas Shrugged, vai.  Afinal, admitir que leu aquele discursinho do John Galt deve tirar muitos pontos de karma…   🙂

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