Interlocutor: Have you read [Name of a Particular Book]?
Me: That's the one by [Name of Said Particular Book's Author], right?
Me: That's the one about [Very General Plot Summary of Said Particular Book], right?
Interlocutor: Yeah — have you read it?
Interlocutor: [With much gusto] Oh, it's great! You've gotta read it...
As I have remarked previously on this blog, I love to read — not entirely unlike Burgess Meredith's character in one of the most famous episodes of The Twilight Zone.
But since Jocelyn and I started having kids, I have precious little time for personal reading.
It must have been with guys like me in mind that University of Paris professor Pierre Bayard wrote How to Talk About Books You Haven't Read.
The problem is, of course: When would I have time to read it?
I've already read this review — written, ironically (or rather, not ironically, come to think of it), by someone who hasn't had time to read it either.
That'll have to do, I guess.
Now I'm able to talk about How to Talk About Books You Haven't Read.
[HT: Mark Shea]