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A Time of Gifts
A Time of Gifts
by Patrick Leigh Fermor
Edition: Paperback
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5.0 out of 5 stars Tired of monosyllabic English? Try Fermor for polysyllabic eloquence, June 26 2016
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This classic travel book continues to be one of the grea verbal "performances" of an elevated English prose style. Fermor deliberately set out to render his travel tales in an extravagantly lush parade of our language's more recondite vocabulary items. He succeeded. His books are tapestries woven of the most exotic word cloth. This is a book for readers weary of Hemingwayesque monosyllabic grunts, for readers weary of bad English teachers who always taught the simplest word is the best word. No, it is not, not always. Fermor proves this on every page of his torrential outpouring of dulcifluent and mellifluous eloquence. The travelogue portion of this book is more than adequate, but most readers peruse Fermor for his "high" English style.


Road To Oxiana
Road To Oxiana
by Robert Byron
Edition: Paperback
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5.0 out of 5 stars Classic Travel Book Still A Witty Winner !, June 9 2016
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The classic travelogue lived up to all the superb praise it has received down through the years as one of the most literate and witty of all travel books.


Sabbath's Theater
Sabbath's Theater
by Philip Roth
Edition: Hardcover
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5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars, March 23 2016
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Used copy was spotless, clean, delivered in a timely fashon and reasonably priced. Total satisfaction of buyer.


Shady Characters: The Secret Life Of Punctuation Symbols And Other Typographical
Shady Characters: The Secret Life Of Punctuation Symbols And Other Typographical
by Keith Houston
Edition: Paperback
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5.0 out of 5 stars Fun History Makes the Point about Punctuation Marks, Dec 3 2015
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A well-written and surprisingly engaging account of how and where our common punctuation marks arose and of how their use in English sentences has altered throughout the history of written English. I recommend this little volume to all comma-freaks!

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Cuneiform
Cuneiform
by Irving L. Finkel
Edition: Paperback
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5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent short intro to both the script and the languages that used cuneiform, Sept. 29 2015
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An excellent, short but comprehensive introduction to cuneiform script and the various languages that employed cuneiform, by experts in the field from The British Museum.


The French Revolution
The French Revolution
by Thomas Carlyle
Edition: Paperback
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5.0 out of 5 stars Read Carlyle for His Exotic Style of English not his Knowledge of French History, Sept. 14 2015
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I bought it to revel in Carlyle's exotic English sentence structure and to wallow in and imitate his apt vocabulary choices. I had no interest in the details of The French Revolution or Carlyle's interpretation thereof. But his over-the-wall style of English can teach a writer excesses to avoid and excesses to indulge, to loll in, surfeited with rare words. He invites a sybaritic wolfing down of the succulent word hoard of English.


Gut: The Inside Story of Our Body's Most Underrated Organ
Gut: The Inside Story of Our Body's Most Underrated Organ
by Giulia Enders
Edition: Paperback
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5.0 out of 5 stars Pop Book on Human Gut is Easy to Digest, Aug. 9 2015
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Compelling body science couched in lively layman terms. Excellent intro to metabolic fun of digestion.


The Language of Food: A Linguist Reads The Menu
The Language of Food: A Linguist Reads The Menu
by Dan Jurafsky
Edition: Hardcover
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1.0 out of 5 stars Beware this tedious turkey of a food book, Nov. 7 2014
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Hoping to delve into exotic etymologies in this book, instead I encountered cliche derivations and conventional food-word stories, all of which are twice-told tales.

I could not even finish this lazy compendium of stale food stories.

I got through about 30 pages until reaching my terminal burp!

Do not purchase this turkey of tedium.


Mason & Dixon: A Novel
Mason & Dixon: A Novel
by Thomas Pynchon
Edition: Hardcover
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5.0 out of 5 stars Pynchon Masterwork Never Gets Old, Oct. 23 2014
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Thomas Pynchon returned in this long novel but easy read to his inchoate form, as in"V" and "The Crying of Lot 44." His brilliant use of language made my read-through speedy and delightful. Who else could make explorer-surveyors Lewis and Clarke purveyors of insight and humour? A scresaming comes across the sky indeed but this time it is to announce yet again America's most talented novelist.


Nonsense on Stilts: How to Tell Science from Bunk
Nonsense on Stilts: How to Tell Science from Bunk
by Massimo Pigliucci
Edition: Paperback
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5.0 out of 5 stars Not an easy read but well worth the trouble, July 24 2014
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Airy fads and pernicious fallacies in the name of God, religious nincompoops who deny Darwin and all science, nitwits who can hardly spell but who know in their hearts that climate change is a Commie plot (!): all these morons and peddlers of pseudo-scientific bulls*** are precisely revealed for the not-very-bright mental sluggards they really are. An invaluable book to gift to students attending religious high schools. Not an easy read but well worth the trouble, "Nonsense on Stilts" is a breath of the clear air of reason in a world that seems to be retreating to the mumbled hypocrisies of organized religions.


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