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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (4,835 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Thomas C. Foster Narrator: David de Vries Publisher: HarperCollins Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: December 2012 ISBN: 9780062266330
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What does it mean when a fictional hero takes a journey?. Shares a meal? Gets drenched in a sudden rain shower? Often, there is much more going on in a novel or poem than is readily visible on the surface—a symbol, maybe, that remains elusive, or an unexpected twist on a character—and there's that sneaking suspicion that the deeper meaning of a literary text keeps escaping you.

In this practical and amusing guide to literature, Thomas C. Foster shows how easy and gratifying it is to unlock those hidden truths, and to discover a world where a road leads to a quest; a shared meal may signify a communion; and rain, whether cleansing or destructive, is never just rain. Ranging from major themes to literary models, narrative devices, and form, How to Read Literature Like a Professor is the perfect companion for making your reading experience more enriching, satisfying, and fun.

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  • A New York Times Bestseller
  • A Washington Post Bestseller

Listener Opinions

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Katie Hewitt | 2/13/2014

    " Wish I had a classroom set. And I wish I had read it in college. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Amanda | 2/5/2014

    " It was interesting. Gives you something to think about. I will read his novel one. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Lydia | 2/2/2014

    " Some of the information in this book is very basic. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Logan Brock | 1/27/2014

    " Helpful, but dry and formulaic. Every chapter was the same argument but a different topic. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Elizabeth Meadows | 1/23/2014

    " This book was tremendous fun and quite informative. Author/professor Thomas Foster is a great storyteller and I wish I had been in his class when I was in college. His enthusiasm for reading enrichment is contagious. Each brief chapter (27 in a 300 page book) is instilled with humor and insight. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Stephanie | 1/16/2014

    " A must read for anyone who reads. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Tammy | 1/7/2014

    " This book was interesting, it had good examples of different literary themes and symbols, and didn't bore me. For all it promised, it really was a lively and entertaining guide... but understand that it IS supposed to teach you something, so it isn't a quick mindless read. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Tsollazzo | 12/29/2013

    " interesting book if you want to look more into a story than just the plot. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Kevin Montes | 12/28/2013

    " This is a good beginner's guide to understanding the basics of symbolism, allegory, and the deeper meaning behind the text of any literary work. I read it at the beginning of my high school career and can thank Dr. Foster for increasing my appreciation for literature "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Joan | 11/22/2013

    " It is OK. Nothing too surprising except that you need to be very well-read in order to read like a professor since a big part of it is about comparing and contrasting to other works. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Mscout | 10/21/2013

    " Just picked it up on a whim, its always on reading lists. Not bad, but nothing earth-shattering if you are a constant reader... "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Joline | 8/3/2013

    " I wish I had had a chance to read this as a high school student. Informative and friendly tone. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Alicia Fenney Watts | 6/22/2013

    " Love the ends not the means. Verbose. Uses lots of examples well-read readers will get. Read the first 3 pages and the last paragraph of every chapter to save yourself some time. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Andrew Simpson | 5/28/2013

    " A great handbook to reading literature. This book should be viewed by aspiring critical readers as a tool. The same way a master gives and apprentice his first set of tools, a literature teacher gives a student this book. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Chelsea Nicole | 5/2/2013

    " Must have for young writers. There is a lot of useful information in here. I earned a lot. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Elizabeth Daugherty | 4/17/2013

    " Your typical high-school summer assignment, I'm afraid. Not much new insight, honestly, if you have ever seriously read a book. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Daniel Donohue | 2/6/2013

    " This is an outstanding introduction to close reading and literary analysis. "

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About the Author
Author Thomas C. Foster

Thomas C. Foster is a professor of English at the University of Michigan–Flint, where he teaches classic and contemporary fiction, drama, and poetry, as well as creative writing and composition. In addition to How to Read Novels like a Professor, he is the author of How to Read Literature like a Professor and several books on twentieth-century British and Irish fiction and poetry. He lives in East Lansing, Michigan.

About the Narrator

David de Vries, an Earphones Award–winning actor and director, spent three years in the cast of Wicked and was the last Lumiere in the Broadway production of Beauty and the Beast. He has also appeared in numerous films and voiced commercial campaigns for companies large and small, including American Express, AT&T, UPS, Motorola, Georgia-Pacific, Delta Airlines, Coca Cola, and Ford, among others.