The reader’s rights

by Ahalya on June 25, 2009

I found an adorable book called ‘The Rights of the Reader’. It is a book translated by Sarah Adams from the original book in French written by Daniel Pennac. I picked up the book because it is illustrated by Quentin Blake, of Roald Dahl fame. I love his simple drawings, messy children and fantastic imagination. But the book! How had I never heard of it before?
I loved the book the minute I read the ‘Dedication’ – ‘For Franklin Rist, a great reader of novels and a reader worthy of a novel’!!! Well, well, well! Isn’t that the nicest compliment ever!? So I brought the book, duly paid for, of course and unearthed many jewels in the book.
So, some of the rights of the reader are:
1. The right to mistake a book for real life
Well of course! I do that all the time. Especially with Alexander McCall Smith. I frequently ask myself, now what would Mma Ramotswe say about so-and-so. I have also caught myself waiting for the Wee Free Men to show up when I am in trouble. Thank you Sir Terry Pratchett.

2. The right to read out loud
See why I love this book? While I wouldn’t read out a novel (I really won’t), I loved reading out Library Lion to my lion-like dog. And would love to read out to kids!

3. The right not to finish a book
This one is my favourite. I won’t tell you more. Go buy this little gem. You will come back to it over and over again.

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