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The ebook does not have any of the illustrations
on January 21, 2013
There is a big problem with this work --- no illustrations came across on the ebook. Perhaps that's why they made it so cheap. But it's annoying to see all the titles for illustrations, but no pictures.
I don't like the author's strong emphasis on foreign literary characters that no one in the West has ever heard of. Okay, I may reread Genji because of this book, but I don't know the others and don't mean to find out more. Maybe some character was influential in Chinese literature, but, you know, who cares? Most of us don't fool with ancient Chinese literature; we're into Western literature, printed in Roman characters. She's wasted quite a lot of her hundred places on characters her readers won't know or bother with.
I am finding this book irritating because of the flat statement that her selections are "the most influential" characters, and then she puts in very unlikely characters and leaves out far more well-known ones, like Captain Nemo of 20,000 Leagues Under the Sea. It's arrogant.
She separates twosomes too often: Eve and Adam are treated separately, and Don Quixote and Sancho Panza are separated. We're lucky she didn't separate Holmes and Watson or Romeo and Juliet.
Where is Tom Sawyer? Where are Elizabeth Bennett and Mr. Darcy? Where is Robinson Crusoe? I suspect either the author is just not very well read, or her encyclopedia exercises to include works in Filipino, Sanscrit, Brazilian or whatever caused her to exclude the really important characters of Western literature in favor of an unappreciated PC -- since the people reading those languages are not likely to read her book, and the people who read her book are not likely to read works in strange minor and expired languages.
I'll struggle along awhile longer on this book, but it has a lot of problems.