Saturday, December 26, 2009

I want to have Robert Adams internet babies.
He just totally rocks.

http://www.tvo.org/TVOsites/WebObjects/TvoMicrosite.woa?bigideas_robertadams

I found the delightful and eloquent Mr. Adams via TVO's Big Ideas, (www.tvo.org)
A great little show featuring taped ramblings of some of the best lecturers around.

If you like books, and you like intelligent, articulate thoughts on some of the best books out there, then Robert Adams is your 'go to' guy.

Follow the link to hear/see Mr Adams.
And be prepared to fall in love...

*****

For more info check out his book:
A Love of Reading

ABOUT ROBERT ADAMS
Every year, Robert Adams prepares a series of five reviews of contemporary novels, to be delivered alone on a theatre stage to sold-out audiences in Toronto and Montreal. In A Love of Reading Adams has now gathered 18 of his most brilliant reviews, from Jack Maggs by Peter Carey and The Poisonwood Bible by Barbara Kingsolver, to A Fine Balance by Rohinton Mistry and Barney’s Version by Mordecai Richler. In them he skillfully interweaves a nimble and entertaining discussion of plot, theme, and characterization with fascinating historical, biographical, and literary context. He is repeatedly drawn to the spectacle of less-than-perfect humans making their way in a hostile world, and as a result a review by Robert Adams is almost always a hugely satisfying mix of rich pathos and abundant humour.

Famously, Adams reads a book a day, from which he selects only those novels that are truly extraordinary, that have made him see some part of the world or some aspect of the human condition in a new light – because for Adams, the best books always take the reader on a journey, with a destination very distant from the point of departure. It should be not only a journey of discovery – an exploration of the author’s vision – but also of risk. By matching one’s own vision to that of the author, says Adams, the reader enters an exciting negotiation to produce a new vision of his own. This joint enterprise between reader and writer, the shared risk and the wonder of discovery, is the foundation of A Love of Reading.

• Quill & Quire, noting the jump in sales of any book reviewed by Adams, has called the phenomenon “The Adams Effect”

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