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  • Paperback: 472 pages
  • Publisher: Vintage; First Edition edition (September 12, 2000)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0375709363
  • ISBN-13: 978-0375709364
  • Product Dimensions: 5.2 x 1 x 8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (13 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #451,552 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"One of the leading thinkers of the age."--The New York Observer

"Edward Said is the most distingished and cultural critic now writing in America." --Cornel West

"Said is a brilliant and unique amalgam of scholar, aesthete, and political activist...[He] challenges and stimulates our thinking in every area." --Washington Post Book World

"No one studying the relations between the metroploitan West and the decolonizing world can ignore Mr. Said's work." --The New York Times Book Review

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Edward Said, the renowned literary and cultural critic and passionately engaged intellectual, is one of our era's most formidable, provocative, and important thinkers.  For more than three decades his books, which include Culture and Imperialism, Peace and Its Discontents, and the seminal study Orientalism, have influenced not only our worldview but the very terms of public discourse.

The Edward Said Reader includes key sections from all of Said's books, from the groundbreaking 1966 study of Joseph Conrad to his new memoir, Out of Place. Whether he is writing of Zionism or Palestinian self-determination, Jane Austen or Yeats, music or the media, Said's uncompromising intelligence casts urgent light on every subject he undertakes. The Edward Said Reader will prove a joy to the general reader and an indispensable resource for scholars of politics, history, literature, and cultural studies: in short, of all those fields that his work has influenced and, in some cases, transformed.

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19 of 22 people found the following review helpful By Jonas Bender-Nash on April 27, 2004
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This book is a compilation of a number of works from Edward Said's career. It contains excerpts on subjects such as literary criticism, orientalism and the Palestine-Israel "problem." He does a good job at engaging those "critics" that came before him, and either disagreeing or continuing where they left off. His writing style is more like that of a philosopher than a literary critic. This book is not an easy read, and having a background in other philosophical readings is a must. While the book does not explore any one topic deeply, for those readers looking to find Said's opinions and arguments on a number of different subjects it is a good read.
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20 of 27 people found the following review helpful By Doug Anderson VINE VOICE on January 27, 2002
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I think the best way to understand Said is to see him as an admirer of culture, especially western literature, but an uneasy admirer. Said was not born in one of the European capitols but in Egypt and so he grew up well aware of the east/west conflict & nowhere was that conflict more apparent than in the Palestine and Israel situation. Perhaps his own background and growing involvement in Middle Eastern affairs led him to begin reading the classic western texts in a more critical way than those that came before him and from western backgrounds. As an easterner Said in his cultural studies was therefore especially attuned to the way the east was representated in the west. Judging by his 1978 study Orientalism he was appalled at what he found.
There were schools of criticism that dealt with economic realities and historic realites before Said but only a few studies had concentrated on racial bias as a determining factor in cultural production(ie:Benita Parry's 1972 Delusions and Discoveries). Saids approach was groundbreaking and it brought to cultural studies a very timely and responsive social relevance. No one can really ignore the impact that Orientalism had. Even though the ideas in the book were all in circulation before Saids book Orientalism brought a new intensity and immediacy to them. To Said cultural artifacts can never be divorced from their political context and so his work often resituates each work he discusses within the political situation from which it arose. This is often very interesting but not without considerable controversy because while Said can be quite a profound thinker he cann also be a highly speculative one as well. Many of his arguments hinge on only partially convincing evidence and so to follow him is sometimes more an act of faith than one of reason.
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4 of 6 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on August 27, 2001
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In this carefully selected anthology of Said's work spanning more than three decades, pieces written at different times and from distinct priorities, here held together, become illuminating commentaries upon each other. The Reader embodies Said's own insistence upon the struggle to maintain an inspired connection between intellectual concerns and political consciousness. However, one problem with this book is the evidence of lax proofreading. We are confronted with too many typographical errors in a text that should have received better technical attention before Vintage took it to print.
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By Robert W. Smith VINE VOICE on April 6, 2009
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frankly, i skimmed the literary analysis and musical writings and concentrated upon his palestine / israel political writings. his writing reveals his genius. he is among the first american academics to take a strong stand for the plight of the palestinian refugees. masterfully written, this is a keystone that ought to be read by everyone with an interest in this conflict. while i think that said attempts to present things in a "fair and balanced" manner, he does not explore all of the possibilities. the limitations in the scope of his writings are disappointing. A+. this is highly recommended.
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2 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Steven G. Sewell on July 9, 2006
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Very clear and powerful. Proof that people are not bound to live in narrow spaces dictated by place of birth, tradition, etc. As a Palestinian with broad exposure to other lands and thought patterns, Edward Said distills the essence of good in each and combines them in a suggested reality that could very well be a major factor in achieving peace in a troubled region.
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By Mona Malik on December 4, 2013
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Thank you very much for the quick response, quality of the product and a must read for any subject and personal enrichment.
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By Banky on March 20, 2013
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Edward Said is a distinguish scholar whose work I have read few. This one is no exception and highly informative and educative. This should be a must read for anyone sincere about knowing the dynamics involved in the power play of the modern world we live.
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