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How Beautiful it is and How Easily it Can be Broken: Essays

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ISBN: 9780061456442    Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers Inc Year of publishing: 2009     Format:  Paperback No of Pages: 480        Language: English
Whether on Broadway or at the movies, considering a new novel or revisiting a classic work of literature, Daniel Mendelsohn's judgments over the past fifteen years have provoked and dazzled with their...Read more
Whether on Broadway or at the movies, considering a new novel or revisiting a classic work of literature, Daniel Mendelsohn's judgments over the past fifteen years have provoked and dazzled with their deep erudition, disarming emotionality, and tart wit. Now, in "How Beautiful It Is and How Easily It Can Be Broken", we see all at once the overwhelming depth and intelligence infused in Mendelsohn's writings, as he brings his distinctive combination of scholarly rigor and conversational ease to bear across eras, cultures, and genres, from Roman games to video games. His striking interpretations of our most important films - from the work of Pedro Almodovar to "Brokeback Mountain", "United 93" and "World Trade Center", "300", "Troy", and "The Hours" - have sparked debate and changed the way we watch movies. Just as stunning and influential are his dispatches on theater and literature, from "The Producers" to Jeffrey Eugenides' "Middlesex", from Euripides' "Medea" to "The letters of Truman Capote". "How Beautiful It Is" makes it clear that no other contemporary thinker is as engaged with as many aspects of our culture and its influences as Mendelsohn is.
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About the author: Daniel Mendelsohn
Daniel Mendelsohn is a frequent contributor to The New York Review of Books and many other publications. His books include the international bestseller... Read more
Daniel Mendelsohn is a frequent contributor to The New York Review of Books and many other publications. His books include the international bestseller The Lost, which won the National Book Critics Circle Award and the Prix Medicis in France. His other awards include a National Book Critics Circle Award for book reviewing and the George Jean Nathan Prize for Drama Criticism. He teaches at Bard College.
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Review:
An elegant collection of essays... Mendelsohn reveals intellectual breadth in his ability to draw on his training as a classicist to look at contemporary culture... These essays richly repay the...Read more
An elegant collection of essays... Mendelsohn reveals intellectual breadth in his ability to draw on his training as a classicist to look at contemporary culture... These essays richly repay the time readers spend in their company." -- Publishers Weekly (starred review) "Brilliant... Masterful... Wise, funny... A wonderful collection." -- Time Out New York "Mendelsohn takes on contemporary culture with humor and incisive analysis." -- The New York Sun
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