Saturday, June 09, 2007

Words Fail Me


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This book is truly a fine little gem!

I picked it up randomly at the Jashnmal bookstore in A'ali Complex and quickly browsed and immediatly realized I had to have it. So later on I managed to get myself a copy from the new store in Seef.

It's a fascinating, smart and hilarious book that plays on words, their meanings, contradictions and how they be manipulated and how they can manipulate you!

I found myself shaking my head and laughing as I read it. Now, I can't look at words the same way! Makes you wonder why you've not noticed it before, or looked at it that way!

The book is also presented in a very visually stimulating way. It's minimal, straightforward, sweet and, again, hilarious!

Words Fail Me is by Teresa Monachino who says she made the book because of her mother's uncertain grasp of the English language (she's Italian!).

Go get it if you have the chance.

3 comments:

Sunshine Down Under said...

its been aaaaaaaages since iv actualy enjoyed reading a book and found it good.. il take ur word for it and read this one; hope it breaks the chain of dissapointments!

Ali Al Saeed said...

I must warn you though, its a very small book... and you won't be able to put it down till you're done and it'll be all over in a flash!

sairafi said...

Oh, if you liked that book, I'd seriously recommend you get your hands on 'Eats Shoots And Leaves' by Lynne Truss, it's about the misuse of commas and apostrophes and the mess it all causes!