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Book Title: A Mouthful of Air: Languages and Language, Especially English|
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The author of the book: Anthony Burgess
Date of issue: October 1st 1994
ISBN 13: 9780688137892
Format files: PDF
The size of the: 1.37 MB
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I loved this book because I didn't always agree with it. It was fun to read, and I kept up a conversation with it as I read. Anthony Burgess has a strong, opinionated voice, and it's easy to have an opinion in return. Even when I disagreed, I was thinking.
And of course, I loved the book because I'm a serious language nerd. It's so much fun to read about the language you use regularly and to consider all the aspects of a language, both written and spoken. It's fun to place words into context, and to think about what a written word is meant to convey and represent.
I wouldn't recommend this book to anyone who isn't also a language nerd, but if you are - if you find yourself compulsively correcting punctuation and grammar in news stories, reading dictionaries for fun, or picking up The Chicago Manual of Style for a bit of light reading, my guess is that you'll get a kick out of this book, too.
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Anthony Burgess was a British novelist, critic and composer. He was also a librettist, poet, playwright, screenwriter, essayist, travel writer, broadcaster, translator, linguist and educationalist. Born in Manchester, he lived for long periods in Southeast Asia, the USA and Mediterranean Europe as well as in England. His fiction includes the Malayan trilogy (The Long Day Wanes) on the dying days of Britain's empire in the East; the Enderby quartet of novels about a poet and his muse; Nothing Like the Sun, a recreation of Shakespeare's love-life; A Clockwork Orange, an exploration of the nature of evil; and Earthly Powers, a panoramic saga of the 20th century. He published studies of Joyce, Hemingway, Shakespeare and Lawrence, produced the treatises on linguistics Language Made Plain and A Mouthful of Air, and was a prolific journalist, writing in several languages. He translated and adapted Cyrano de Bergerac, Oedipus the King, and Carmen for the stage; scripted Jesus of Nazareth and Moses the Lawgiver for the screen; invented the prehistoric language spoken in Quest for Fire; and composed the Sinfoni Melayu, the Symphony (No. 3) in C, and the opera Blooms of Dublin.