To this (subjective) end, the book is fantastic.
Nevertheless it is a good romp and a glimpse at how a denizen of the realm of literary theory (and a gay intellectual) looks at things.
The quality of the book was very nice and the book itself, its cover and its content, was exactly what I thought I was getting.
The quality of the book was very nice and the book itself, its cover and its content, was exactly what I thought I was getting. Read morePublished 11 months ago by Jane Suh
If you are looking for a scholarly study of the real Japan, this book is not what you want. It's still an interesting book to read though.Published on October 15, 2011 by moo
This strange book is at once fascinating and frustrating. Barthes' view of himself and the world is as if he were someone from another planet. Read morePublished on March 2, 2009 by Charles I. Campbell
Barthes tells us about Japan but I would recommend his exploration into another culture as a pattern to follow in your next travelling. Signs and meanings behind the surface.Published on December 10, 2005 by Paola Buoso
Barthes talks of an emptiness of language necessary to reach enlightenment, but occasionally emptiness is just emptiness. Exhibit A: "Empire of Signs. Read morePublished on January 25, 2003 by C. E. Stevens
The first two chapters of Roland Barthesf Empire of Signs read like a wickedly irreverent farce on the dangerous of Orientalism. Read morePublished on January 25, 2002