This book is exactly what the title says – a little history of literature. The author touches on a little bit of everything involving literature and I found that I enjoyed the overviews that the author provides immensely.
The author does a fantastic time of mentioning everything involving literature, while avoiding spending too much time on one specific topic. This book is the perfect overview that gives the reader a lot of information yet allows the reader to look up things that interest them at a later date. I highlighted numerous authors and written works that caught my attention and I wanted to remember to look up later.
The writing itself is quite nice. The text is easily approachable and light to read, while still conveying adequate information. It seemed as if the author was conveying a very positive message through the text, one that recognizes the love of literature that many people share. The author’s writing style also shines through as academic yet easily understandable, perfect for any audience to read and enjoy.
I was also really impressed with the author’s use of direct quotes. When the author was referring to a specific section of work, he would usually quote the passage, yet the quotes all flowed smoothly into the story. The passages were long enough to give the reader a taste of the passage without bogging down the flow of the story.
Bottom Line: I would give this book 10/10 stars. I really enjoyed it (and not just because I’m a sucker for books about books). The author presents a lot of information in an academic yet easy to understand manner that conveys the love of literature exquisitely.
I received this book for review purposes via NetGalley.