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The Language Instinct by Steven Pinker
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Mar 05, 2009

it was amazing
bookshelves: compulsory-readings, continuous-learning, language-learning, read-in-english
Recommended for: Elena in particular; in general, to anyone interested in the dynamics of language

I have barely started it but I'm loving it already. I'll be back with a much more enriched review once I've finished it.

Now that I have finished it (about two weeks ago) I can finally write something more about it.

To begin with, I must confess I have had a few troubles finishing this book, but simply because I've fallen so in love with it that it really cost me a lot to end it.

The Language Instinct has definitely made it to the top three list of my all time favorite books. Written in an informative yet accessible way, every chapter both a new discovery, a challenge and a new adventure, The Language Instinct is the equivalent of an erudite yet enjoyable travel companion who entertains rather than lectures the reader with its knowledge.

And just like the end of a pleasant journey, it is deeply sad to finally reach the last page. At the same time, just like every formative experience in life, when you finally reach the end cover, you walk away from The Language Instinct enriched in mind and spirit.
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Reading Progress

Started Reading
January 1, 2009 – Finished Reading
March 5, 2009 – Shelved
March 5, 2009 – Shelved as: compulsory-readings
March 5, 2009 – Shelved as: continuous-learning
March 5, 2009 – Shelved as: language-learning
March 5, 2009 – Shelved as: read-in-english
March 6, 2009 –
page 70
March 11, 2009 –
page 87
March 22, 2009 –
page 125

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