Tuesday 3 March 2020

30-Second Literature by Ellla Berthoud - A Review

Today is the release day of 30-Second Literature: The 50 most important forms, genres and styles, each explained in half a minute by Ella Berthoud publishd by Ivy Press.

I received an ARC of this book via Netgalley in exchange for an honest review.

These kind of books are right up my alley. I like reading books about books and literature. In this one the author manages to give us all the information we need regarding forms, genres and styles of literature, in texts that are short (around 300 words) but fully understandable. 

The book is part of the 30-Second series and it is an introductory guide to literature. It is split into 7 chapters that cover:
The History of Literature – from Sanskrit to Modernism
The Novel – in all its glorious genres
Literary Prose – non-fiction from diaries to philosophies
Poetry – from the sonnet to the haiku
Drama – interesting theatrical forms and genres
Literary Devices – the techniques authors use in their works
Literary Styles – the features and history of different styles of writing

As you can see it covers all the important genres, styles and forms of literature and at the same time gives you examples and further reading material.

It is perfect for anyone that loves books and literature and it is also a great reference book.

Rating: 4 Stars

See you in the next post and don't forget to keep reading!!!


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