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  • Copertina rigida: 352 pagine
  • Editore: DK; 01 edizione (1 marzo 2016)
  • Collana: Big Ideas
  • Lingua: Inglese
  • ISBN-10: 0241015464
  • ISBN-13: 978-0241015469
  • Peso di spedizione: 1,2 Kg
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La grafica favorisce la memorizzazione delle informazioni. Ottimo volume da collezionare, non contiene informazioni molto approfondite ma ideali per una conoscenza generale.
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4.0 su 5 stelle 'To understand one life you have to swallow the world' 18 marzo 2016
Di Hande Z - Pubblicato su Amazon.com
Formato: Copertina rigida
This is a splendid book that serves two main purposes. First, it has an excellent catalogue of some of the most fascinating books in literature and gives a clear synopsis of each book in just sufficient detail so as to enable the browser to decide whether to read the book itself or just enjoy the review. Secondly, it provides an advance critical review of each book so that a serious student will find some useful points in many if not all the reviews. For example, on 'Robinson Crusoe', there is a side by side comparison of key points of reference with a similar novel, 'Gulliver's Travels'. The comment is made in 'RC' that it 'Makes use of an autobiographical voice to endorse the text as a true narrative' whereas 'GT' is described as 'an autobiographical voice to parody claims of truth in contemporary fiction'. It is no wonder then, that 'RC' becomes 'King and Lord of his isle' and Gulliver becomes 'a prisoner on the island of Lilliput.

Each review has a photograph and biopic of the author, and a couple of quotations from the book. From 'War and Peace' we have: 'There's nothing stronger than those two old soldiers - Time and Patience'. Each book is given its context in time, for example, Kafka's 1915 'Metamorphosis' is set in the context of existentialism, and is described as preceded by Dostoevsky's 'The Brothers Karamazov', and Nietzsche's 'Thus Spoke Zarathustra', and followed by Jean-Paul Sartre's 'Nausea', and Beckett's 'Waiting for Godot'.

The reviews are divided into sections like 'Heroes and Legends', and 'Romanticism and the Rise of the Novel'. After each section is a list of further readings, the books listed are fine references. Under 'Contemporary Literature' the recommended further reading list includes books like 'Life of Pi', 'Emperor of Maladies', 'Infinite Jest', and 'The New York Trilogy'.

This is a book that will occupy many hours and the reader is likely to refer to it again and again.
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3.0 su 5 stelle A Literary Guide 31 maggio 2016
Di A. N. Blount - Pubblicato su Amazon.com
Formato: Copertina rigida
Originally reviewed for YA Books Central: [...]

3.5 Stars

Pace yourself! Reading this primer is a bit like taking a college-level literature class. Or perhaps an entire semester worth of literature classes…

Acknowledging that storytelling is as old as humanity itself, The Literature Book takes on the daunting challenge of giving readers a historical and functional overview of literary works and their progression through the ages. The book starts with 4,600-year-old Sumerian texts and carries all the way up to select contemporary works as recent as 2013—encompassing novels, plays, and poetry. Its presentation style is sometimes dry, but orderly in format and highly informative.

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What I Liked:

There was a solid effort made to present a diverse array of works outside of the classical European variety—inclusive of cultural sub-genres such as Sanskrit Epics, Imperial Chinese Poetry, Early Arabic Lit, Slave Narratives, Inianismo, Baihua Lit, The Harlem Renaissance, The Latin American Boom, Caribbean, and Indian English.

Personal Note: Page 93 conveyed an excellent, concise explanation of early Japanese theater forms. This reader didn't previously grasp the difference between Kabuki(theatrical song/dance/mime) and Bunraku(musical puppet theater) until it was so clearly laid out in this book.

The Literature Book claims it “cuts through the literary jargon” and is “packed with witty illustrations.” I don’t know about cutting through, but it does explain literary terms with textbook thoroughness. And although there is certainly an abundance of illustrations to break up the sometimes dense visual field, I wouldn’t personally refer to said imagery as “witty.” The diagrams, visual-aid images, excised quotes, and timelines are simplistic—mono and duo-chromatic. Effectively breaking up dense swaths of text and enhancing to the overall comprehension potential without becoming a distraction. Full-color pictures and artwork appear more sporadically and offer a stronger sense of place and/or ambiance to the subjects they pertain to.

What Didn’t Work For Me:

Chosen works may receive only a sentence of passing mention, or as much as 6 analytical pages (i.e. Moby-Dick). The authors receive anything from cursory reference, to a mini-bio, to a full biography including a picture. How it was decided which authors, genres, and works were worthy of how much recognition remains a point of confusion for this reader. Sci-fi and Fantasy seemed to receive disproportionately minimal attention, and the Romance genre—along with its representative authors—received no address at all.

Unfortunately, a number of prolific and influential authors were all but passed over. I was personally disappointed the book didn't offer a bio for either C.S. Lewis or J.R.R. Tolkien. Their works seemed mentioned only in passing when the fantasy genre is touched on. Lewis is only referred to once very briefly, and there's no allusion to his sci-fi works at all. Jules Verne receives the most mention of any sci-fi author (page 184), but no bio. And H.G. Wells is allotted only a single sentence—though he could arguably be considered one of the pioneering fathers of science fiction.

Conversely, TWO of the three Bronte sisters (Emily and Charlotte) have full bios with pictures included, though Emily wrote just one novel. That’s not to say I don’t approve of their inclusion and highlighted significance—only to point out the disparity in emphasis.

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While I wouldn’t call this book an exhaustive authority, it certainly has the potential to be a valuable and semi-encyclopedic tool in the pursuit of a more advanced literary education. Studious readers are likely to come away with both factual knowledge, as well as a fresh list of works they may be interested in experiencing at length.

College-bound Young Adults perusing a major in literature might consider this book a preparatory framework for their degree, and perhaps a leg-up on their future.
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5.0 su 5 stelle Another DK Great 30 marzo 2016
Di loyal customer Bill - Pubblicato su Amazon.com
Formato: Copertina rigida Acquisto verificato
DK books are frustrating because they are so uniformly good--makes me want to toss earlier surveys that I have bought. This one is no exception. Wonderful, well organized summaries that give a grand view of literature, especially Western. So good, I may never get to so many of the primary sources--but for an overview of what is and what makes great literature, could not be better.
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5.0 su 5 stelle Literature as Inspiration 6 novembre 2016
Di Dr. Clint Bunke - Pubblicato su Amazon.com
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The Literature Book by James Canton is simply stated, fabulous, informative, incisive, and delightful. That assessment comes from a PhD in Philosophy along with a degree in English with a specialty in American and World literatures. Thanks DK for providing readers with this wonderful resource so that more and more people might enjoy the Literary enterprise.
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5.0 su 5 stelle Love this series of books 24 ottobre 2016
Di PM51 - Pubblicato su Amazon.com
Formato: Formato Kindle Acquisto verificato
Love this series of books. I simply don't have time to read in depth books on all the topics that I am interested in. These books are a short cut but in my opinion very well researched and assembled.