I’m just not in love with forewords to books.
I want to read the book itself not what someone I don’t even know thinks about it.
This might mean I’m not intellectual enough. But sometimes having someone dissect a work of art just seems condescending as if I won’t get it just by the author’s words. Might be insulting to the writer in a way.
If it needs a foreword, is it because the writer didn’t make things clear in the book?
I might like an “afterword” especially if I don’t feel like finishing a book that I’m not wild about and I want a summary of it. Or if it’s so great I want to have a conversation about it–even a remote one.
Sometimes I’ll read the foreword after i read the book–if it draws me in. I usually try reading the foreword up to the point I become exasperated. That tends to happen if it’s a long ordeal: write your own damn book why doncha’ ?
That’s my two cents!
Anyway…. I wonder what other people think about forewords? Helpful? What do you say, other people?