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1.0 out of 5 stars Awful, 15 May 2013
This review is from: Through the Language Glass: Why The World Looks Different In Other Languages (Paperback)
I love languages, and when I saw the title of this book I was really excited by its content.

I never got further than the first twenty pages. Deutscher's writing style is ridiculously flowery, grandiose, and he writes pages and pages and never really says anything at all. He goes on and on and on with words that you're unlikely to even find in a thesaurus. Which makes for an INCREDIBLY dull read, to the point where I started looking to see when the chapter would end because it was so boring. The "prologue" alone is 20 pages.

Maybe there's some good stuff in this book, maybe there isn't. But I'm not prepared to waste my time wading through a load of vocab that you'd only find buried deep in a specialist academic library. If you're an academic, then I'm sure you'll love the book. If you're a lay-person with an interest (like me), just don't bother - read something by David Crystal instead.
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Initial post: 12 Jan 2014 21:49:21 GMT
MazB says:
I found the first pages hard to get through but I'm so glad I carried on because its a very interesting book, and actually easy to read. Don't be put off by the start, it is well worth it once you get through to the next chapter.

Posted on 2 Apr 2014 11:49:43 BDT
William Kemp says:
I only read the first four words of your review before giving up but I feel completely qualified to pass judgement on it, despite being fully aware that this makes me look like a moron. I assume you're aware of that too and your review is in fact a performance art piece about idiocy and overconfidence.
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