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Amo, Amas, Amat... and All That: How to Become a Latin Lover [Hardcover]

Harry Mount
3.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (40 customer reviews)

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2 Nov 2006
Those endless afternoons where you struggled to remember the third person singular present indicative of volo (vult) may be a long time ago. But, if you have the vaguest memory of the ablative absolute, the locative and the gerund, you mastery of Latin will spring back to life with Amo, amas, amat...and all that. In his trip through the world's most influential language, Harry Mount uncorks its magic, drawing on Latin lovers from Kingsley Amis to John Cleese, from Evelyn Waugh to Donna Tart. Read this book and you will know Latin. Know Latin and - mirabile dictu - you will know Wilfred Owen's misery, Catullus's aching heart and the comedy of a thousand bachelor schoolmasters.


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  • Hardcover: 288 pages
  • Publisher: Short Books Ltd; 8th Impression edition (2 Nov 2006)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1904977545
  • ISBN-13: 978-1904977544
  • Product Dimensions: 13.9 x 20.7 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 3.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (40 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 301,556 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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If you know someone who missed out on Latin at school and wants to live a happier life, you could do no better than give them Harry Mount's entertainingly educative Latin primer --Daily Mail

Amo, Amas, Amat... is a diverting meander and Mount's love of Latin shines out on every page --The Spectator

Latin without the pain --Guardian --This text refers to the Paperback edition.

About the Author

Harry Mount read Classics at Oxford and was a Latin tutor before becoming a journalist. He has been a leader-writer and New York correspondent at the Daily Telegraph. His memoir of his time as a barrister's pupil, My Brief Career, is also published by Short Books --This text refers to the Paperback edition.

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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Dire 15 Mar 2013
Format:Paperback
An utterly pointless tome.

Mount's humour is prep-school-puerile to the point of nastiness. For example, he makes "comic" reference to Paul Gascoine beating his wife. Hilarious Harry.
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62 of 68 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Thoroughly entertaining 20 Feb 2007
Format:Hardcover
I was very surprised to see some of the negative reviews that this book has received here. I am a recently qualified Latin teacher, and I have recent experience of Latin from both sides of the teacher / student divide. I found the book to be thoroughly entertaining and informative, occasionally downright hilarious, and it consistently held my attention.

I think the discrepancies in the reviews above are largely due to people's misguided expectations of the book. It is not (nor could it possibly be used as) a reference work by which one could expect to learn the language. Its audience is probably limited to those who already have a reasonable knowledge of Latin, and, put simply, the author aims to reward your knowledge (no matter how basic) with some clever 'in jokes' and literary references. He does so, in my opinion, with a good deal of skill and success.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Won't amuse or educate 3 Aug 2012
By Andy K
Format:Paperback
To me the humour in this book falls very flat, and as an attempt at teaching Latin it is a total failure. I reached the third declension before I realised that the author was never going to explain what the hell a declension was.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Waste of money. 31 Jan 2014
By Gcab
Format:Paperback
Do not buy this book.Can't be bothered to waste my time explaining why just read the other 1 star reviews and take NO notice of anything with more than one star.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Amp, Amas 31 Jan 2014
Format:Paperback
Do not waste your money on this rubbish. Spend your money on Peter and Jayne books, trust me they are a much better read!!
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Slow! Slow and slower 31 Jan 2014
Format:Paperback
This book is just dull, just when you think it's about to get going it slows down, it's almost like its deliberate, as if the author Is padding out the book to make up for lack of content.

And the price is ridiculous, you couldn't give this book away.

It came as no surprise to learn the author is a failed lawyer and lazy journalist (in my opinion)

Shame on the publisher for printing
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90 of 104 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Bene 8 Oct 2006
Format:Hardcover
I couldn't believe I would enjoy a book based on the latin language and how it might affect the way I go about my life, but having been given a copy of Amo, Amas, Amat I could not put it down. Not only is it written with great wit and intelligence, but it really makes understanding Latin easy in a way I could never have believed possible when it was taught to me at school. Thank you, Harry Mount, for finally bringing Latin to life for me.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Ballingdon club ex member 1 Feb 2014
Format:Paperback
Written for and by someone from a very privileged upbringing, who is also an embittered little Pratt.
A book you could only enjoy if you have no sense of the real world.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
1.0 out of 5 stars Amo Amas bla bla bla
Absolute rubbish he claims to be factual, funny even but he should really go back to school.... Only entertaining for people wish a shallow and narrow perspective of life.
Published 2 months ago by Mr Joe Cork
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Published 2 months ago by Anorak
5.0 out of 5 stars I love this book!
Fascinating! It revived my interest in Latin after 50 years since I studied it at school. Highly recommended to the specialist or the general reader.
Published 4 months ago by Jenny Headlam-Wells
5.0 out of 5 stars Fun and interesting
I loved Latin already and it brought back memories of learning at school but this is also for people who have never studied the language. It is great fun and very interesting.
Published 5 months ago by BookMad
4.0 out of 5 stars A new viewpoint
Having failed O level Latin many years ago I thought I'd have another stab at it. Lots of interesting sidelines that never appeared my ol textbooks.
Published 7 months ago by Dave Cole
5.0 out of 5 stars Latin for beginners
This book is a witty approach to learning Latin. Not to be taken too seriously, although it can be if you really want to start to study the language
Published 8 months ago by Mr. Martin J. Owen
5.0 out of 5 stars Funny
This is a most enjoyable read, as long as you don't try to learn Latin from it! Most amusing translations.
Published 10 months ago by Colin Robinson
5.0 out of 5 stars latin.
great primer, afraid i had the same problem as winston churchill, in declining mensa (table), in the vocative it is addressed as 'O table'
however, the book is first class and... Read more
Published 16 months ago by james
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