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Flowery and distracted, hard to get to the cogent arguments,
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This review is from: I Is an Other: The Secret Life of Metaphor and How it Shapes the Way We See the World (Kindle Edition)
The premise of the book is that metaphor is everywhere, is unavoidably built into our communication structures, and is both the natural output of our brains and the natural input. Metaphor has numerous side-effects on how we understand things, both good and bad.
This premise is well defended and believable. But if you already believed that, this book is frustrating. I wanted to know more about the side-effects of understanding things via metaphor. This is covered, but slowly. The book is more full of examples than ideas, and it feels constantly distracted as it flits from example to example. I kept reading for the occasional morsels of additional information, but felt like they were being parceled out. Way too often I thought, "I get it! Move on!"
Although the book is good as far as it goes, I was left wanting more meat.
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Initial post: Mar 4, 2013 10:33:23 PM PST
I agree entirely with your review, to the extent that I might decide not to write my own review since you've already expressed my feelings on this book.
Posted on Aug 17, 2013 7:29:09 PM PDT
Bill Deef says:
As you can see from my review, we concur on the lack of substance of this book.
Posted on Aug 14, 2014 2:55:03 AM PDT
I was thinking of reading this book, but may not, given your review. Have you found any similar but superior books you could recommend?
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