By Alan Jacobs

If the complete of the Christian lifestyles is to be ruled via the “law of love”—the twofold love of God and one’s neighbor—what may perhaps it suggest to read lovingly? that's the query that drives this special ebook. Jacobs pursues this not easy job via alternating principally theoretical, theological chapters—drawing chiefly on Augustine and Mikhail Bakhtin—with interludes that examine specific readers (some genuine, a few fictional) within the act of examining. one of the authors thought of are Shakespeare, Cervantes, Nabakov, Nicholson Baker, George Eliot, W.H. Auden, and Dickens. The theoretical framework is elaborated more often than not chapters, whereas numerous counterfeits of or substitutes for really charitable interpretation are thought of within the interludes, which gradually shut in on that infrequent creature, the loving reader. via this doubled approach to research, Jacobs attempts to teach how tough it truly is to learn charitably—even may still one desire to, which, in fact, few folks do. And accurately as the prospect of analyzing in this type of demeanour is so offputting, one of many covert targets of the e-book is to make it look either extra believable and extra attractive.

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