Customer Reviews


2 Reviews
5 star:
 (1)
4 star:    (0)
3 star:    (0)
2 star:    (0)
1 star:
 (1)
 
 
 
 
 
Average Customer Review
Share your thoughts with other customers
Create your own review
 
 

The most helpful favourable review
The most helpful critical review


5.0 out of 5 stars Very Interesting
As a German speaker, this book (recommended by The Economist) was very interesting, and very enjoyable to read. I recommend it to every person interested in German history and culture.
Published 12 months ago by Joao Silva

versus
1.0 out of 5 stars Shuffled Index Card Writing
This is a frustrating and disappointing read. The idea is such a great one - a biography of language - but it is not to be found in this book. The book is for the most part a mosaic of short topics which appear to have been written on index cards, and then shuffled into some order (I allow), but with no thought about duplication of things already mentioned - and more...
Published 12 months ago by J. A. Holdsworth


Most Helpful First | Newest First

5.0 out of 5 stars Very Interesting, 1 Sep 2013
By 
Joao Silva (Bicesse, Cascais, Portugal) - See all my reviews
(REAL NAME)   
Verified Purchase(What is this?)
As a German speaker, this book (recommended by The Economist) was very interesting, and very enjoyable to read. I recommend it to every person interested in German history and culture.
Help other customers find the most helpful reviews 
Was this review helpful to you? Yes No


1.0 out of 5 stars Shuffled Index Card Writing, 21 Aug 2013
By 
This review is from: German: Biography of a Language (Hardcover)
This is a frustrating and disappointing read. The idea is such a great one - a biography of language - but it is not to be found in this book. The book is for the most part a mosaic of short topics which appear to have been written on index cards, and then shuffled into some order (I allow), but with no thought about duplication of things already mentioned - and more seriously, shame on Oxford University Press, no proper editing. So, for instance there is a topic on Martin Luther, which is followed after a break by a topic on Martin and Katharina Luther and then some pages further on we are told: 'He was excommunicated, left his orders..., eventually married, and became the leader of a new branch of Christianity.' This is not just the turning point of Christianity it is the turning point of author and editor credibility.

I had thought, judging from the title and cover, that this book would be more than the half-hearted philological text-book in disguise that it is. It has been sexed-up, but remove the superficial make-up and there is little beneath to separate this book from an amateur thesis. Bracketed references occur annoyingly throughout the text often set against simple already well-known facts.

For a book that discusses boundaries and geographical language and people shifts, there are no helpful visual aids; no maps or diagrams - instead we have tables set at a 90 degree orientation to the book and for some reason each chapter fizzles out into a time-line which includes irrelevant details about, for instance, Galileo etc.

Will someone please write the fabulous book this should be - I would love to read it!
Help other customers find the most helpful reviews 
Was this review helpful to you? Yes No


Most Helpful First | Newest First

This product

German: Biography of a Language
German: Biography of a Language by Ruth H. Sanders (Hardcover - 15 July 2010)
18.48
In stock
Add to basket Add to wishlist
Only search this product's reviews