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  • Paperback: 300 pages
  • Publisher: Vintage; Reprint edition (Sept. 3 1991)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0679734252
  • ISBN-13: 978-0679734253
  • Product Dimensions: 1.8 x 13 x 20 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 227 g
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #1,602,072 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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By A Customer on June 15 1999
Format: Paperback
Avoid Cynthia Ozick if you would rather be hip than learned. If you wish to read a remarkable analysis of how we (they) came to revere the hip over the learned, turn to "The Question of Our Speech: The Return to Aural Culture," the collection's best essay. Ozick is a thinker of luminous seriousness. I reread her gratefully.
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A magisterial essayist. June 15 1999
By A Customer - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback
Avoid Cynthia Ozick if you would rather be hip than learned. If you wish to read a remarkable analysis of how we (they) came to revere the hip over the learned, turn to "The Question of Our Speech: The Return to Aural Culture," the collection's best essay. Ozick is a thinker of luminous seriousness. I reread her gratefully.
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Outstanding literary essays Jan. 24 2005
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Cynthia Ozick is one of the finest essayists writing today. In this very rich volume she writes about Cyril Connaly, William Gaddis, Italo Calvino, J.M.Coetze, Primo Levi, Saul Bellow, Henry James, Dreiser, George Steiner, Sholem Aleichem, Agnon, and Bialik. In the title essay she writes in a more theoretically than in the other essays. " Metaphor" she writes," is also a priest of interpretation; but what it interprets is memory. Metaphor is compelled to press hard on language and storytelling; it inhabits language at its most concrete.As the shocking extension of the unknown into our most intimate, most feeling, most private selves, metaphor is the enemy of abstraction. Irony is of course implicit..Think how ironic your life would be if you passed through it without the power of connection! Novels, those vessels of irony and connection, are nothing if not metaphors. The great novels transform experience into idea because it is the way of metaphor to transform memory into a principle of continuity. By " continuity" I mean nothing less than literary seriousness, which is unquestionably a branch of life- seriousness"

These essays are at once serious and rewarding, challenging and enriching.
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Pompous windbag writes well June 22 2014
By Damiana Andonova - Published on Amazon.com
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Useful for the last essay in particular; clearly well read author who enjoys the loud orchestra of her mind. found the archipelago of the imagination to be a useful image
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Brilliant Writer sometimes Writes Brilliantly March 5 2011
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The essay with the same name as the title of this book is excellent, but I found the rest of them disappointing.

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