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The book is TOO repetitive in that sense.
So, I just don't see what is McWhorter's point in aggrandizing bloated rhetorical speech over plain speaking when neither necessarily says more than the other.
In fact, for a book that's supposed to prove the "decline" of music, this one shows very little familiarity with the music in question.
First of all I think this book is too long and a bit repetitive at times. I think the editors could have trimmed to half the pages and still keep its contents. Read morePublished 13 months ago by FERNANDO CASSIA
This book is about the distinction between spoken and written language. McWhorter shows that, whenever Americans wrote things before about 1965, they tried to do so in language... Read morePublished on April 27, 2010 by Ronald Kozar
From an author clearly intelligent and knowledgeable, and with a command not just of English but of who knows how many other languages as well, this is one disjointed and, at... Read morePublished on March 4, 2010 by J. C Clark
Cleverly written though it may be, any book bemoaning current trends in the language in which it is written will ultimately become precisely what the author decries for one simple... Read morePublished on October 13, 2009 by A. Holt
Was a WHOLE BOOK made out *this* topic?
1. Clever, subtle insights. Read more
The previous reviewer casually accuses McWhorter of being a cultural elitist, and to some extent that is the case. Read morePublished on February 12, 2008 by A. Quince
Here is McWhorter's argument supporting the superiority of, effectively, all art:
Look at this passage of Longfellow! Listen to this Mozart aria! Read more
Through tracing the simplification of American speech and music over the last century (in some cases, longer), McWhorter demonstrates the loss of complexity, and with it, a love... Read morePublished on October 28, 2005 by Book Inhaler
This book makes the most grievous error a book can make: it's boring. The title sounded intriguing, but the book is a real snooze. Read morePublished on July 3, 2005 by The Only Reviewer That Matters