on 9 July 2010
I love reading wise quotes and proverbs, and I expected much from this book but was sorely disappointed. As another reviewer has mentioned, many of the proverbs are actually advertising slogans, which hold no interest to me. The only good points about this book are that the proverbs are sectioned in categories, aiding ease of use of this book. Also, and I'm ashamed to admit this adds benefit to the book, but the cover is lovely!
on 15 October 2009
Dictionaries of quotations, proverbs, euphemisms and the like are addictive, I've decided. Apart from their obvious usefulness in providing somewhere to look up whatever fragment or saying you might come across, they offer fascinating and often amusing reading in their own right. I know that almost anything anyone could possibly want to know can be found somewhere on the internet, but a collection such as this, beautifully presented, is a real treasure.
There are 2000 sayings from many countries and cultures, arranged together by theme - anything from Cats to Caution or Weather to Worry. There's an index of the 250 subjects at the beginning and a well ordered and thorough index of key words at the end. A short note of explanation or origin accompanies some of the subjects and some individual proverbs. The proverbs range from the very old to the very new - I hadn't heard, for instance, the late 20th-century saying, `To err is human but to really foul things up requires a computer'.
Although I have a full dictionary of proverbs, I wouldn't want to be without this little gem.