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The Edward Said Reader

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Edward Said, the renowned literary and cultural critic and passionately engaged intellectual, is one of our era's most formidable, provocative, and important thinkers.For more than three decades his books, which include Culture and Imperialism, Peace and Its Discontents, and the seminal study Orientalism, have influenced not only our worldview but the very terms of public ...more
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Published September 12th 2000 by Vintage
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Jul 25, 2011 Tim rated it it was amazing
Writing a review on a collection of literature from such a distinguished man as Edward Said is daunting to say the least. First and foremost because the man himself was an extraordinary literary critic in his own right. He was that and much more. Said exemplifies my idea of the ultimate intellectual. He possessed a gifted knowledge of many different fields, and was able to constantly astound with his perceptive mind, unique ways of viewing a particular topic, and from being on the outside as it ...more
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Sep 02, 2013 Raimo Wirkkala rated it liked it
Philosophers and intellectuals tend to write for their peers and, in doing so, feel it necessary to present their bona fides by flexing their vocabularies. This can be very impressive but it does not make for great writing. That being said, Mr. Said is certainly well worth reading and this book provides a good anthology of his best work. His thoughts on the Palestinian issue are thought provoking and provide an important counterpoint to the received wisdom brought to us over the years by the ...more
Feb 24, 2013 Adam rated it really liked it
A fairly representative sampling of Said's writings. Slightly more emphasis on his political writing than his literary criticism and theory, but of course the two are necessarily intertwined. Said was, of course, a great intellectual figure, and exactly the kind of intellectual figure we desperately need: compassionate, vital, exciting, and emotionally and intellectually honest even where it doesn't necessarily serve his rhetorical purpose.
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My good friend Nicole recommended then lent me the Edward Said Reader after a wide-ranging conversation in the law school hallway. I took three months to read it partly because law school doesn’t leave as much time for pleasure-reading as I’d like, but, admittedly, this isn’t an easy read. Intellectual writers point out problems we’d rather not think about and they’re frequently hard to understand. Said fits both stereotypes and this will turn some people off. He expresses what are generally ...more
Sep 12, 2016 Kristen rated it it was amazing
I would recommend this to anyone who wants to get an idea of how Edward Said writes and what his work consists of. A great collection of important and moving essays.
Jun 14, 2016 Graydon rated it it was amazing
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A delightful collection of tricky, occasionally boring, frequently brilliant essays by someone whose mind is among the sharpest of knives. The experience here, when it happens, is the delicious moment of seeing a distinction put into words that you were not yourself able to previously perceive or articulate. Lather, rinse, repeat.
Jul 25, 2014 Leif rated it really liked it
I've been turning to Said again, given the events in Israel, Palestine, and the Middle East in general. His essays rarely let you down, and this collection of works is a substantive and approachable place from which to start or to which you can easily return.
Apr 13, 2010 Zahreen rated it it was amazing
Great scholar and a great survey of his work. He is one of the few academics with whom I am always humbled and inspired by. His views were not just of the ivory tower (even though they had the highest academic merit), but appreciated the real struggles and tumult of people's lives.
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May 24, 2007 Zohra Star rated it it was amazing
An excellent collection of Said's work in its most concise form. The editors were both students of Said and the book ends with a great interview with him. I use this to teach... the best excerpts!
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Nov 05, 2013 Andrew N. Rubin added it  ·  (Review from the author)
Why I am missing from this? Didn't Bayoumi I co-edit?

At any rate, please send your comments, as we are working on an expanded addition.

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(Arabic profile: إدوارد سعيد)

Edward W. Said was born in Jerusalem and raised in Egypt until his parents sent him to the United States in 1951.

Said graduated from Princeton University in 1957 and earned his Ph.D. from Harvard University in 1964.

He was a professor of English and Comparative Literature at Columbia University in New York and held his chair until his death at 67. His major interests
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