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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
on December 23, 2008
Anyone fascinated by the world of words will be amazed by this wonderful little book. Although small, it's packed cover-to-cover with palindromes and anagrams, beyond your wildest dreams. This is one of those unique books you hold on to for a lifetime.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
on October 29, 2008
The relationship of language to mathematics ( in symbolic and linguistic terms) seems important. When there is a mirror as in palindromes,
there is actually twice the number of symbols to the amount of information..?
The anagram humor and the neat palindromic poetry are very entertaining in this volume, but one might have hoped for more, like type of symbols used by Dan Brown and some cryptography or bible code references maybe?
Also more mathematical analysis. more serious poetry and real anagrams from history might have been enlightening?
But seriously the text was well written, original and interesting, worth the effort of reading it, and the anagram humor made up for many minor faults.
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16 of 16 people found the following review helpful
on January 9, 2002
This short, inexpensive book contains the best collection of anagrams and palindromes I have ever seen. My copy is dog-eared from repeated use. The book contains an enormous amount of top-notch palindromes that are far from over-familiar. Some samples:
* A new order began; a more Roman age bred Rowena.
* A dog, a pant, a panic in a Patna pagoda.
Those samples may strike you as silly and meaninglesss, in which you are not a palindrome person, and this book is not for you. Or they may make you want to see more, in which case you should definitely buy this book. The palindromes by J.A. Lindon, which make up the book's grand finale chapter, are amazing tours de force.
Trust me -- this book has the goods. If you are a wordplay enthusiast, you'll love it. If you know one (perhaps a co-worker), it could make a great inexpensive gift. Strongly recommended!
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12 of 12 people found the following review helpful
on April 5, 2000
Howard W. Bergerson, former editor of Word Ways: The Journal of Recreational Linguistics, presents more than a thousand anagrams and hundreds of palindromes (with sources, where known).
This volume (an inspiration for many books including Michaelsen's "Words at Play" and Jon Agee's collections) is a must for wordplay enthusiasts, especially those with a penchant for these particular curiosities.
You will get your money's worth on this one.
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