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Geary's Guide to the World's Great Aphorists…

Geary's Guide to the World's Great Aphorists

by James Geary

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One thing I realized while reading this is that a book of collected aphorisms tells you more about the collected than it does about the aphorists, or the world. There are some interesting and sublime aphorisms here, but most of them are banal, and some of them annoying. Some of the best (in my opinion) were left out, and individuals who were much more interesting than at least some of the ones included didn't get a mention. Overall, a mixed experience. ( )
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"Both an expert and a collector, James Geary has devoted his life to aphorisms - and the last few years to organizing, indexing, and even translating them. At long last, he has assembled a compendium: Geary's Guide, Beginning in ancient Egypt and China, it spans the complete history of the aphorism to date, right up to contemporary writers and artists - such as Woody Allen, Barbara Kruger, and Leonard Cohen - currently engaged in a revival of the form. Some aphorists appear in this book in English for the first time."… (more)

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