Tuesday, April 22, 2008
More Stars for David Crystal's BY HOOK OR BY CROOK: A JOURNEY IN SEARCH OF ENGLISH
David Crystal's By Hook or By Crook: A Journey in Search of English has received a starred review in Booklist: "Crystal has been dubbed a latter-day Samuel Johnson, and with good reason, as evidenced by the long list of academic studies penned by the distinguished linguist, among them How Language Works. However, it is Professor Henry Higgins, popularized on stage and screen that he most often cites in this delightful book, which is part travelogue, part memoir, and part meditation on the intellectual and emotional underpinnings of language. What is most seductive about Crystal's narrative, though, is the fascinating glimpse it provides into the quicksilver mind of a man who is so knowledgeable and yet still so curious about our mercurial language."