A conservative defense of the classics and an indictment of academically-favored literary trends and the French literary theory behind them post-WW2.A conservative defense of the classics and an indictment of academically-favored literary trends and the French literary theory behind them post-WW2. Despite being unread, it is entirely correct. Were one not to be familiar with the strange ideologies at work then and now in the academic world, this book would seem to be demolishing straw men arguments than could not ever have been seriously held, however the arguments made, not only in the name of criticism but in the name of deepest reality and moral rectitude (left wing morality, of course) really were this childish, and have grown yet more childish. Written in 1988, this book remains indirectly relevant to the identitarian movements currently coming out of the academy, stemming as they do from the same intellectual tradition....more
I found this to be a very sad story. Will's life ends its first phase with a stewing of potential energy only intensified by its struggle with the attI found this to be a very sad story. Will's life ends its first phase with a stewing of potential energy only intensified by its struggle with the attractions of love and marriage. Will does not regenerate his hopes in matrimony but leaves them unrealised neither in his own or another life. Something unique to the protagonist walks out of the story hand in hand with death. It's hard to understand why Will would not fight the dying of the light....more
Visually, I cannot fault this book. It is colourful and elegant and the designs themselves are ingenious. Nor can I fault it for not teaching me how tVisually, I cannot fault this book. It is colourful and elegant and the designs themselves are ingenious. Nor can I fault it for not teaching me how to read Chinese. However, it must be said that, of course, it did not. It´s a problem with the language that the images do not really clarify as well or often as one might hope.
It´s a fun way of introducing a few words in a daunting foreign script, but just be warned that this method will not "unlock" the characters as it seems it might when flicking through it in the bookshop. Although it is said at the beginning that there is a logic to the arrangement of symbols that just requires the right kind of visual insight... this is in fact not very evident in the actual use of the book, beyond the first chapters where they place the friendliest examples.
The final section of the book looks at a few example sentences only using characters already introduced. This could have been much longer since, having used the book systematically, I had gathered a lot of isolated vocabulary that I was very curious to see in action. Still, I'm happy that they included it in order to revise the whole of the chapters and to indicate the nature of the language a little better. Also, in the age of websites and downloads, the lack of audio recordings for pronunciation was disappointing.
I think that if this author and illustrated worked with a real chinese course the good work displayed here might have more application and really help learners. As it is, it's more of a friendly primer that will provide a first foothold for absolute beginners....more