Sunday, February 08, 2009

A Book Review

I've never done a book review on my blog before; that may be because, even though I LOVE to read, I rarely have time to read much these days. But, this one is worth it. It's The Power of Babel: A Natural History of Language by John Mcwhorter, and it's awesome. Like languages? Looking for a little intellectual stimulation? (Amy, I'm smiling at you here!) This is your book. The author is amazing, I wish I knew half what he does about language and how it works, and he uses all these cool obscure languages as examples of how gender works and what classifiers do. It's taken me a long time to read it (I keep having to re-read things to follow) but that doesn't mean it would be as hard for someone more intelligent or less sleep deprived. Totally worth the effort though. I'm not even done and already I'm endorsing it!

For you non-language geeks. . .um, I got nothing for ya. Maybe next month?

3 comments:

Parkers said...

Am I the Amy at whom you are smiling? If I am, wow, it made my day to pointed out on your blog (so if I'm not, just let me pretend that it is me).

sleep deprived said...

Of course it's you! Doesn't that sound like a book you'd want to read, or am I way off??

Parkers said...

It definitely sounds like a book I would want to read-- and I will find it this week and start reading it. I was just thinking that maybe you had a different friend named Amy who likes languages. It's a common name, you know. Thanks for the recommendation!