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Resurrecting Hebrew by Ilan Stavans
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Dec 20, 2011

it was ok
bookshelves: linguistics, south-america, history, israel, jewish, memoir, politics, usa, religion, nonfiction, read-part-of
Read from December 20 to 31, 2011

I wanted to like this book. I'm interested in language politics and the history of Hebrew, and I enjoyed Stavans' memoir On Borrowed Words. But I didn't really understand the point of this book. The 40 or so pages I read consisted mainly of Stavans reporting on conversations he had with experts on the history of Hebrew. Personally, I'd rather read something the experts themselves wrote. But maybe I should view this book more as a journalistic piece, providing a summary of what is known about the "resurrection" of Hebrew. As it is, though, it just wasn't for me.

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