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Through the Language Glass: Why The World Looks Different In Other Languages
Through the Language Glass: Why The World Looks Different In Other Languages
by Guy Deutscher
Edition: Paperback
Price: £9.98

0 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars I could read Guy Deutscher forever, 17 April 2012
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It is not as revolutionary a read for me as Unfolding of Language, but Through the Language Glass is, in a way, more wide-ranging, and sometimes drifts away from language/linguistics altogether, but is no worse for that. For me the central topic - colour perception - was completely fascinating; the idea that Homer (be it an individual or collective term)"saw" and described colours very differently to us was an amazing revelation. Mr Deutscher's descriptions of the central characters in these debates are humane and witty, and I particularly like the image of Berlin's top anthropologists making the long trek across the Tiergarten to the zoo. (Where, astonishingly, the authorities thought it best to show-off their "savages".) Like Unfolding of Language, I didn't want this book to end and I eagerly await his next.


Turtle Diary (Picador Books)
Turtle Diary (Picador Books)
by Russell Hoban
Edition: Paperback

4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars The most accessible Hoban, 17 April 2012
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No fantasy elements; no pyrotechnics. Just a beautifully written (of course) story of metaphorically mis-placed middle-aged misfits. Deeply human and humane. Coming to this book, one expects the planned release of the turtles to be the climatic finale; it isn't. The point is that the turtles' freedom triggers the protagonists' re-engagement with life and personal relationships, the latter of which is, after all, what life is all about, I suppose.


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