In Professor Bloom's books you learn more about him and his opinions in the Preface and Prologue. The reason is because he just demonstrates what ever he wants to say using other authors he knows so well in the rest of the book. "How To Read And Why" is no exception to this.
Rather than offer a review of the whole book myself, I am just going to take some good parts of these two sections and copy them here for some folks that I have suggested come here.
Important thoughts I believe.
Taken from the Preface & Prologue
"There is no single way to read well, though there is a prime reason why we should read..............it is where shall wisdom be found?
Reading well is one of the great pleasures that solitude can afford you, because it is the most healing of pleasures.
It returns you to otherness...........Imaginative literature is otherness and as such alleviates loneliness.
We read not only because we cannot know enough people, but because friendship is so vulnerable............This book teaches how to read and why........... never separate the how and the why.
(Quoting Virginia Woolf) The only advice about reading that one person can give another is to take no advice.
Because It matters if individuals are to retain any capacity to form their own judgments and opinions, that they continue to read for themselves.
How they read, well or badly, and what they read, cannot depend wholly upon themselves, but why they read must be for and in their own interest.
You can read only to pass the time, or you can read with an overt urgency, but eventually you will read against the clock..................
One of the uses of reading is to prepare ourselves for change, and the final change alas is universal. ...........
Read not to contradict and confute, nor to believe and take for granted, nor to find talk and discourse, but to weigh and consider.
The pleasures of reading are indeed selfish, rather than social. You cannot directly improve anyone else's life by reading better or more deeply.....................
Do not attempt to improve your neighbor, or your neighborhood, by what or how you read.
Read deeply, not to believe, not to accept, not to contradict, but to learn to share in that one nature that writes and reads."
Where Shall Wisdom be Found? In books.
Why do we read? Because it matters.