The Power of Reading Aloud


Richard Adams, author of “Watership Down,” in 1974. Credit Tom Smith/Daily Express, via Hulton Archive, via Getty Images.

One of the virtues of reading a narrative aloud, to children or indeed to anyone, is the way that vocalizing a story clarifies its power, especially in the quavering passion that you try to keep from your voice (because you don’t want your kids to think their dear dad is too emotional) but that bleeds through in spite of everything. And with a hundred pages to go I can already tell that when I get to the climax of “Watership Down,” I’m going to be a wreck.

(Ross Douthat, “‘Watership Down’ and the Crisis of Liberalism,” NYTimes, 10-22-19)

I join Douthat in being way in cahoots with reading aloud even if it’s to no one.

(c) 2019 JMN

About JMN

I live in Texas and devote much of my time to easel painting on an amateur basis. I stream a lot of music, mostly jazz, throughout the day. I like to read and memorize poetry.
This entry was posted in Quotations and tagged . Bookmark the permalink.

2 Responses to The Power of Reading Aloud

  1. Eric Wayne says:

    I’ve had the same experience of another level of enjoyment when I read novels out loud.

    Liked by 1 person

  2. JMN says:

    I’m glad you’ve shared the experience. My fiction reading is stalled at present, but several years ago reading Faulkner aloud slowed me down enough to finally get into several of his novels with great delight. It helps reading aloud that I live alone!


Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in: Logo

You are commenting using your account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )

Connecting to %s

This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.