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Interrelated essays by the Nobel Laureate on his adopted home of California, which Lewis Hyde, writing in The Nation, called "remarkable, morally serious and thought-provoking essays, which strive to lay aside the barren categories by which we have understood and judged our state . . . Their subject is the frailty of modern civilization."
Paperback, 240 pages
Published July 1st 1983 by Farrar, Straus and Giroux
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Kristin
My plan with this review was to include several amazing quotes so that the author could speak for himself. As they are all a good paragraph long and I have to return this book tomorrow and I'm too lazy to go to class today, so obviously too lazy to write a longer review, that's not going to happen. So much for grand plans. This is a book about the differences between America and Europe, about how everyone feels trapped in their own skin and helpless and stupid sometimes and how it's so hard to m ...more
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Apr 23, 2008 Josh marked it as quit-reading
intensely intellectual, deconstructivist examinations of beautiful things seems somewhat counterproductive to me, no matter how smart you are. no thanks.
Michael
I’m very glad I read this. It was a great read. Not only is this written beautifully - but the author also gives one much to think about. He suffered under Nazi occupation (he was in Warsaw) in his native Poland. Many of his insights and contrasts - of this book - relate to what he is seeing in the U.S. and how he sees it in the light of his experience in Europe during the War. His insights are never glib - never easy.
Alan
Some spot-on insights about the US from an immigrant from Poland and then ten years in France. Philosophical meanderings go in circles. Translation seems stilted and interferes with understanding the author's intent. I would not recommend except for the historical perspective.
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