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Product Details

  • Paperback: 28 pages
  • Publisher: CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform (February 16, 2013)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1482557053
  • ISBN-13: 978-1482557053
  • Product Dimensions: 6 x 0.1 x 9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 3.2 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 3.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (60 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #297,898 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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I can still remember the first time I read this poem. I was a freshman in college and I was waiting, in a car, to pick up my sister from school. While I was waiting, I decided to catch up on some assigned reading. I must have waited a while for my sister to get out of school. I don't really remember. What I do remember is being absolutely blown away by this amazing poem, my first glimpse into Eliot's genius. I didn't understand much of it, on that first reading, but I did understand enough. I was feeling ambivalent about college at that point, unsure of what I wanted to do with my life. Knowing that college could expose me to such wonderful stuff kept me going. Though I didn't wind up majoring in English, reading that poem and wanting to understand more about it was a foundational intellectual experience for me.

Fortunately I didn't read this virtually worthless Kindle version. I might have just tossed it into the backseat and decided to go out drinking instead of doing my homework that night.

Everything is all jumbled together here - the notes are part of the body of the poem, the line numbers are inserted between words, and it's all just way too hard to understand. When you're treating yourself to one of the high points of English literature, you should be able to focus on the words - not worrying if that word is even supposed to be in that place. I don't know if there is a better Kindle version available than this one, but there is definitely a better way to read this point.

Five stars for the poem, one star for the formatting.
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T.S. Eliot's most renown poem, the chief merit of this edition is that it's free.

Part of the joy of a poem is how the type is set. Kindle permits flexible, user defined, typesetting--which ruins an aspect of the text--obscuring the meaning by inserting intrusive notes and line numbers in ways that can be erratic.

One of the first reviewers commented that this obliterates the repeated phrase "I eat clams" which, putatively, is typeset into other editions. Dear reader, my predecessor was making a joke...don't waste your time researching it. But the point is true. The poem loses something in this presentation, and first-time readers should know that--while the poem is deliberately obscure and externally referential--it is not usually this difficult to read.
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A classic of modern literature which was obviously scanned but not proof-read. Line numbers are smack dab in the middle of the text rather than off to the side as they ought to be. If this kind of formatting error is left in, there are likely to be others. This is poetry not prose so spatial formatting of lines is vital. I would not use this version for a critical essay assignment. Pay for one that is formatted correctly, has been proof-read and has been annotated.
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It's wonderful that this work is available on Kindle. It was, and still is, a poem that changed the nature of modern poetry forever. Eliot is considered the greatest poet of the 20th century based primarily on this poem, and the great "The Love Song of J. Alfred Prufrock." This masterwork manages to be both modern and classical in composition at the same time. If you don't know this work, treat yourself to it.
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The print version of this book is very sloppy. For the first eighty lines or so, I thought the line numbers were a part of the poem (they are printed at the end of lines rather than before them). There are indents missing, and strange editorial notes in the middle of stanzas. Certainly not worth 8 dollars.
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An excellent poem. Sit alone and read it out loud and think. Don't look up words you don't know or references you don't get till the second read, just read it out loud first and build the images.
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Love Eliot. Love The Wasteland. Love the free book. Hurry up now and get yours free. You can carry it wherever you go.
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This work of T.S. Elliot is a must read for anybody interested in the master writers of him time. Enjoy.
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