The Guardian (UK) "An exuberant pageant of literary fiction and a celebration of the possibilities of the novel."
A novel is a story transmitted from the novelist to the reader. It offers distraction, entertainment, and an opportunity to unwind or focus. But it can also be something more powerful—a way to learn about how to live. Read at the right moment in your life, a novel can—quite literally—change it.
The Novel Cure is a reminder of that power. To create this apothecary, the authors have trawled two thousand years of literature for novels that effectively promote happiness, health, and sanity, written by brilliant minds who knew what it meant to be human and wrote their life lessons into their fiction. Structured like a reference book, readers simply look up their ailment, be it agoraphobia, boredom, or a midlife crisis, and are given a novel to read as the antidote. Bibliotherapy does not discriminate between pains of the body and pains of the head (or heart). Aware that you’ve been cowardly? Pick up To Kill a Mockingbird for an injection of courage. Experiencing a sudden, acute fear of death? Read One Hundred Years ofSolitude for some perspective on the larger cycle of life. Nervous about throwing a dinner party? Ali Smith’s There but for The will convince you that yours could never go that wrong. Whatever your condition, the prescription is simple: a novel (or two), to be read at regular intervals and in nice long chunks until you finish. Some treatments will lead to a complete cure. Others will offer solace, showing that you’re not the first to experience these emotions. The Novel Cure is also peppered with useful lists and sidebars recommending the best novels to read when you’re stuck in traffic or can’t fall asleep, the most important novels to read during every decade of life, and many more.
Brilliant in concept and deeply satisfying in execution, The Novel Cure belongs on everyone’s bookshelf and in every medicine cabinet. It will make even the most well-read fiction aficionado pick up a novel he’s never heard of, and see familiar ones with new eyes. Mostly, it will reaffirm literature’s ability to distract and transport, to resonate and reassure, to change the way we see the world and our place in it.
The Economist "Astute and often amusing . . . a charming addition to any library. Time spent leafing through its pages is inspiring - even therapeutic."
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Most Helpful Customer Reviews
Great and potentially useful idea but suffers from a lack of organizing index of the specific problems, very ponderous to use.
I find this book just positively delightful. Not only delightful, in its format - ie with titles like "Ten Best Books to Read in a Hammock". . .but the writing itself. But beyond delightful, this book would seem to be an essential addition for anyone who's a voracious reader of novels. I read the customer reviews - it looks like people either love it - 5 stars; or find the organization really not helpful - which equals two stars.
I am totally taken in by the way the authors have organized the book. Does it make total sense for are looking for an alphabetical list of books to read! Heck no. But what a way to come across a beloved author - or an author totally unknown to me. I've been dealing with alot of loss this past year and found several authors totally new to me under headings like "Caring for someone with cancer". And the sheer joy of seeing a list of authors listed under "The Ten Best Novels to read in the Bathroom". . .with...
I adore this book. I wish I'd ordered it in paper instead of Kindle, so I could flip through it and look up various maladies. My reading list is fat and happy because of this marvelous book, which uses just enough lightness and humor to leaven the heavy burden of actually providing therapeutic help via reading prescription. Which it does. The insights are spot-on. At this point, I've only started to read Salinger's Franny & Zooey on the recommendation of Ms. Berthoud. I believe it was listed under some sort of malady along the lines of "not suffering fools gladly." A prescription for those who look down on others. But what I've taken away so far is far more profound: a newfound regard for people who are brave enough to be nobodies. A marvelously Zen lesson, and one which was unexpectedly echoed by the excellent young adult work, "The Fault in Our Stars," by John Green. Now a major motion etc. etc. blahblahblah, the work is heartbreakingly insightful vis-a-vis the...
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