My latest book review at PopMatters is of a nonfiction book by Prof Angela Leighton (Trinity College, Cambridge.) For all those who love to read and/or write, HEARING THINGS is about how sounds are created on the page and how readers take them in. This goes beyond just the immediate sounds of words/language.
With this latest book, Leighton focuses on particular works by literary writers and poets who consider sound and rhythm critical in their writing — whether it’s the immediate sounds of the words on the page, or the sounds the writer has in his/her head from other texts or physical surroundings while writing, or the sounds the characters in a story hear/make, or the sounds the reader picks up, in the process of reading, from both his/her own memory and the surrounding world.
Read the complete review at PopMatters.