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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 224 pages
  • Publisher: BANTAM PRESS (TWLD); First Thus edition (2005)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0593055691
  • ISBN-13: 978-0593055694
  • Product Dimensions: 8.8 x 0.9 x 9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 2.2 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (15 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,221,166 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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A book to re-read many times!
Kyra Molitor
When I showed the cover of this book to my roommate, she started having a hard time focusing and felt dizzy.
C. MACHIDA
Happiness and misery, desire and fear, love and hate are obvious examples.
D. Waite

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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Amazon Customer on November 17, 2006
Format: Paperback
It should be noted that the text "wordplay" on the cover of the book is itself an ambigram. Turn it upside-down and it will read the same as right-side-up. You'll find dozens of examples of ambigrams that the author has patiently created.

I've always had an interest in calligraphy and different typefaces. John Langdon's Wordplay allows the reader to look at this from a different point of view, and brings insight into how he goes about creating his intriguing ambigrams. It should appeal to the type of person who likes visual riddles or illusions. I first learned about the author's work through Dan Brown's Angels & Demons, which features several of Langdon's ambigrams. I'm glad I purchased the book and love looking through it. Recommended.
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful By C. MACHIDA on February 23, 2008
Format: Paperback
When I showed the cover of this book to my roommate, she started having a hard time focusing and felt dizzy. As she opened the book up and started to puzzle out all the letterforms and artistic fonts, she went into an almost trance like state. She was mesmerized for the next 2 hours as she devoured this book from cover to cover.

After seeing Scott Kim's "Inversions" (as a result from reading "Angels & Demons" by Dan Brown), I became an instant fan of ambigrams. I wanted to pick up anything I could about the unique artform. This book completed my collection.

This book is great for anyone interested in the artistic aspect of letters and the english letterform. Tatoo artists, students, graphic art designers, graffiti artists, kids all love this book. It makes a great coffee table book and is great to stir discussion at an informal get together.

Buy this book not for the words you just read, but for the words you've yet to experience through the hands of John Langdon.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Gustavo Forster on November 28, 2007
Format: Paperback
This book is just fantastic. It looks like an art book, but it's more than that. It's a philophy book. John Langdon makes us think about the words he draws and the meaning of them in our lives. Each word is an ambigram, and each one is beutiful and more intriguing than the other.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By D. Waite on November 22, 2009
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A totally original and completely fascinating investigation into the way in which many fundamental concepts in life and science are effectively reconciliations of opposites. What we might initially think of as entirely different concepts or feelings may be just opposite poles of a single idea. Happiness and misery, desire and fear, love and hate are obvious examples. Here, Professor John Langdon begins and ends with the Taoist concept of yin and yang and the ancient divination system of the I Ching. But along the way he examines many aspects of the physical world - from astronomy to electricity and mathematics; the natural word - such as seasons and waterfalls; and the world of art and beauty. In each case, he provides stimulating insights into ways of looking at these subjects which will usually not have occurred to us. But - and this is the totally novel brilliance of the book - each topic is illustrated by his wonderful ambigrams. In their basic format, these are words which read the same upside down but here there are many variants, from mirror-image ambigrams to circles, spirals and 3-D models. And the concluding section explains the process of development of this intriguing art form. This is a book that you can pick up and delve into anywhere and enjoy.

If you are wondering why the book should be relevant to Advaita, it is because the ambigram can be seen as a powerful metaphor. Firstly, it presents the appearance of duality but, on investigation is found to be only one - a resolution of seeming opposites. Secondly, the recognition that the symbol is an ambigram does not usually occur immediately. It is only after a period of study and contemplation that the realization suddenly occurs.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By P. Lio VINE VOICE on July 21, 2010
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This is a gorgeous book of art, really. The ambigrams are beautifully represented here, with a whole color section in the middle that is gorgeous. There are several that I'd love to get posters of, that's how neat they are!

What I also liked is some of the discussion and exploration into making the ambigrams. It is both creative and intellectual, and clearly Langdon is a master thinker and artist.

An incredible coffee table book and one that really ignites the mind, I highly recommend it.
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By David McCann on June 8, 2014
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eyemagine rotating the cover of this book upside down: you will still see the word wordplay!
'ambigrams' is not listed in my dictionary — but it is a fine and wondrous word, and this is a charming book.
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I like it. For me its kind of magic what you can do with words :-)
Great book!
Marko from [...]
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By Kyra Molitor on May 4, 2014
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This is a thoughtful and thought-provoking book. The ambigrams are amazing, and the essays and remarks on how and why he came to make this art are wonderful. I have sent this book to several of my word-loving friends and relatives and all have loved it. A book to re-read many times!
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