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What a good idea! I always read the Introduction after reading the book but there's often interesting information about the author, their motivations, influences etc that would have been useful to know when reading the book. Very few Introductions (especially of the classics) don't give away the plot.


Glad you think it's a good idea, Lyn!

Dark Puss

I completely agree with you about conventional "introductions" (though most of the books I read don't have them) and like you if I read them at all it will be after I have read the novel. As to signposts, I have no objection to them adding a few more pages but I certainly won't be reading them. I really want to make my own journey, uninformed and partially sighted as it will undoubtably be, through the book. As you know, unlike yourself and perhaps 99% of Cornflower's readers, I am not particularly interested in the influences or motivation of the author. I apologise for not having had time to look at Lee's video; had I done so I might have made a more informed comment.

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