Learn more Shop now Learn more Shop now Shop now Shop now Shop now Shop now Learn More Shop now Learn more Click Here Shop Kindle Learn More Shop now Shop Women's Shop Men's

Customer reviews

4.4 out of 5 stars
7
4.4 out of 5 stars
The Alphabet
Format: Hardcover|Change


on 11 March 2004
This book by David Sacks is excellent. It gives the full history of the alphabet from the first known alphabetic inscriptions up to modern-day uses. There's plenty of information mixed with stories about the letters, examples of their use in advertising and diagrams of their evolution.
One problem with the book is that it originated as 26 separate articles in a newspaper, one for each letter. These have been tied together, making one chapter for each letter and an introductory section, but there is still a fair amount of repetition, because the story of the Phoenician alphabet ends up being repeated in just about every chapter. Extra sections on subjects like the evolution of printing are thrown into the middle of chapters as "insets", but these can take four or five pages, so the flow of reading is constantly being interrupted. Even within these, pictures can have long titles stretching to half a page, the reading of which interrupts the flow of the inset. So it's not an easy book to read.
Another possible problem is that the book accepts as incontrovertible the origin of Semitic writing in Egypt in 2000 BC, and cites as evidence the two inscriptions found in Wadi El Hol. These are not as convincing as the author seems to think and are not as far as I can tell universally accepted.
All in all, though, an excellent book.
0Comment| 15 people found this helpful. Was this review helpful to you?YesNoReport abuse
on 7 December 2016
Eating on the book alone, AMAZING! I bought this for my gran for christmas because she is into humankind origins. I have already read the book so knew how good it is. David Sacks in a brilliant writer so this book wasn't exactly a surprise find for me. However, the only thing i will say is that, i bought the hardback edition and the sleeve was not ripped just a little scuffed around the edges. I have still wrapped it up because i didn't think it was too bad, but if you are wanting a pristine edition maybe pay the extra.
0Comment|Was this review helpful to you?YesNoReport abuse
on 13 October 2009
The AlphabetThe Alphabet This is a remarkable book which gives great insights into the background to our written language - indeed not just ours but all in the family of Indo-European languages. Gives a lot to think about.
0Comment|Was this review helpful to you?YesNoReport abuse
on 14 March 2013
Bought as a present for my son who is into printing, editing and typesetting. He is very pleased with it, so thoroughly recommend.
0Comment|Was this review helpful to you?YesNoReport abuse
on 21 June 2015
A fascinating book to dip into at intervals. An easy read but very factual.
0Comment|Was this review helpful to you?YesNoReport abuse
on 2 November 2015
Not very good I ordered the wrong edition I think.
0Comment|Was this review helpful to you?YesNoReport abuse
on 31 July 2012
I bought the book, 'The Alphabet' for a colleage at work. The book was delivered in good time and was in better condition than my own copy, complete with original dust cover.The Alphabet
0Comment|Was this review helpful to you?YesNoReport abuse

Need customer service? Click here

Sponsored Links

  (What is this?)