MILAN – “The verb to read cannot bear the imperative, an aversion it shares with some other verbs: the verb to love… the verb to dream…”. People cannot be forced to read, Daniel Pennac tells us, not only because reading is not mandatory, but also because, with compulsion, the opposite effect is achieved. And according to this I believe that Pennac has drawn up, in the book ” Come un novel “, the ten rights of the reader, to read, study and never stop respecting. 1. The right not to read.
The first and most important of the rights, the right not to read is fundamental because it makes reading a choice, increasing even more the value of the gesture. In addition to this, it is a right that underlines how legitimate it is to prefer, to reading a book, watching a film, an hour of sleep, an hour of running, a game of football or volleyball … 2. The right to jump the pages.
Many books – especially in some descriptions – turn out to be boring at times. The right to skip the pages relieves us of the sense of guilt that we have felt over and over in jumping over and over lines, anxious to go on without reading some parts in our opinion useless. 3. The right not to finish the book.
It is not compulsory to finish a book that has begun, yet we have all felt that sense of inadequacy that is felt in abandoning the reading of a book called a classic, a masterpiece. We experienced this abandonment as a defeat. In reality, leaving a book halfway is our inalienable right. 4. The right to reread.
Many wonder why you are still reading that book, “But you haven’t read it three times already
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What is the problem
Re-reading what we loved and stimulating, allows us to enter even more empathy with a writer and his works. 5. The right to read anything.
We have the right to read whatever we want, from pink to yellow, from thriller to historical, from genre-definable novels to non-definable novels. No one has the right, however, to criticize other people’s reading choices. 6. The right to bovarism (literally contagious disease).
It is one of the most beautiful rights: the right to be moved, to let oneself be carried away by history. The right to cry, if any. Books can save our lives and in life we ​​all need moments of escapism and pure enjoyment. 7. The right to read anywhere.
There are places dedicated to reading but they are not the only places where you can take a book and read. Sure, it’s nice to read in the library and bookstore, but it’s just as nice to read on the subway, on the bus, on a bench, in the queue at the ATM, and even while walking – albeit being careful of the poles. 8. The right to nibble.
We have the right to read a couple of pages, a page or even a few lines, and then leave that book, take another one and do the same thing with it. 9. The right to read aloud.
Reading aloud is magical, there is little to do. Each of us should always have someone at his side who is willing to listen. Completely transform reading. 10. The right to be silent.
The last and the most enigmatic. It can simply mean that we don’t always have to talk. Reading is an action – unless you make use of right n. 9 – very silent. Pennac comments on this right: “Man builds houses because he is alive but he writes books because he knows he is mortal. He lives in a group because he is gregarious, but he reads because we only know. For him, reading is a company that does not take the place of anyone else, but that no one else could replace. She does not offer him any definitive explanation of his fate but weaves a dense network of connivance between life and him “.

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