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PDF ë BOOK What We See When We Read FREE ¶ PETER MENDELSUND Å A gorgeously uniue fully illustrated exploration into the phenomenology of reading how we visualize images from reading works of literature from one of our very best book jacket designers himself a passionate reader A VINTAGE ORIGINALWhat do we see A gorgeously uniue fully illustrated exploration into the phenomenology of reading how we visualize images from reading works of literature from one of our very best book jacket designers himself a passionate reader A VINTAGE ORIGINALWhat do we see when we read Did Tolstoy really describe Anna Karenina Did Melville ever really tell us what exactly Ishmael looked My mother has a most unusual reading habit She is an avid reader and is able to finish a 500 page book in a day This is not the strange thing here What is beyond surprising is the fact that she doesn't form ''pictures'' in her head as she reads She reads the words but doesn't feel the need to ''play out'' the action using her imagination Also she claims that writing essays was her weakest part at school Her function of imagining things has always been below average No wonder she is the most pragmatic person I know Me on the other hand I am the complete opposite If I cannot form the scenes in my mind if I find it difficult to be the ''director'' of the book I read then I know I can form no connection to the action or the characters Even when I read non fiction I feel compelled to ''see'' the events described in my headThis is the premise of Peter Mendelsund extraordinary book He attempts to explain what our mind ''sees'' as we read How do we form the faces of the characters Which are the words that take centre stage in our mind and drive the action forward Why one reader says ''oh that's not the Anna Karenina I had in mind'' while another claims that ''she's just how I imagined her to be'' All these and are included in What We See When We Read I really enjoyed reading this book it made me contemplate on a lot of our functions as readers and whether our mind sometimes works independently Don't let the number of pages dissuade you This is a book that every reader has to read

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Like The collection of fragmented images on a page a graceful ear there a stray curl a hat positioned just so and other clues and signifiers helps us to create an image of a character But in fact our sense that we know a character intimately has little to do with our ability to concretely picture our beloved or reviled literary figuresIn this remarkable work of n What an utterly absorbing and fascinating read Mendelsund a renowned cover designer looks into exactly what the title suggest what we see or think we see when we read He dissects everything from first lines and impressions to the performative nature of reading; the reader as a part of the text to how memory implants itself on the mind's eye while reading It's packed with illustrations and provides an excellent starting point to further examine what we are doing exactly when we read words on a page I think all readers should read this book for the mere fact that they would find something resonant in the workI particularly was fond of the passage that said When we want to co create we read We want to participate; and we want ownership We would rather have sketches than verisimilitude because the sketches at least are ours 198 Or perhaps Books allow us certain freedoms we are free to be mentally active when we read; we are full participants in the making the imagining of a narrative 192 Or maybe finally If books were roads some would be made for driving uickly details are scant and what details there are appear drab but the velocity and torue of the narrative is exhilarating Some books if seen as roads would be made for walking the trajectory of the road mattering far less than the vistas these roads might afford The best book for me I drive through it uickly but am forced to stop on occasion to pull over and marvel These books are meant to be reread The first time through I can tear along as fast as possible and then later I'll enjoy a leisurely stroll so that I can see what I've missed 96 Go read it and see for yourself ha

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What We See When We ReadOnfiction Knopf's Associate Art Director Peter Mendelsund combines his profession as an award winning designer; his first career as a classically trained pianist; and his first love literature he thinks of himself first and foremost as a reader into what is sure to be one of the most provocative and unusual investigations into how we understand the act of reading This book fascinated me and intrigued me and it will change the way I write The images and the interpretation of the images taught me so much Absolutely terrific and clever and yes a lot of fun