Babel

Babel

Around the World in Twenty Languages

Book - 2018
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A tour of the world's twenty most-spoken languages explores the history, geography, linguistics, and cultures that have been shaped by languages and their customs.
Publisher: New York : Atlantic Monthly Press, 2018
Characteristics: 360 pages : illustrations, maps ; 23 cm
Copyright Date: ©2018
ISBN: 0802128793
9780802128799
Call Number: 409 DORREN

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kuwaitswitzerland
Apr 25, 2019

The previous comment is incorrect, this writer is good at his job. You will like the book if you read it.

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danulb
Jan 04, 2019

Reads more like a collection of unrelated articles each on a different language. On the plus side, I learned a lot — even about languages I knew something about already like German and French. But the book lacks an overall coherence that made it feel more like a jumble.

This goes all the way through. For instance, you might learn something of the intricacies of the Bengali script, but little else about it. Ditto for loan words from Arabic. Sure, the author has to find something interesting to say about each language, but each language felt isolated. The overall effect for me was disjointed.

The book might best be read by picking a chapter you find interesting and then another wending around over weeks or months — not as a read through.

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