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Arbie's Unoriginally Titled Book Blog

It's a blog! Mainly of book reviews.

Currently reading

Red Moon
Kim Stanley Robinson
Progress: 26/446 pages
Thomas Middleton and Early Modern Textual Culture: A Companion to the Collected Works
Thomas Middleton, Gary Taylor
Progress: 28/1183 pages
The Penguin Book of Russian Poetry
Robert Chandler
The Uncertain Land and Other Poems
Patrick O'Brian
Progress: 6/160 pages
The Poems and Plays of John Masefield
John Masefield
Progress: 76/534 pages
Empires of the Word: A Language History of the World
Nicholas Ostler
Progress: 385/615 pages
Selected Poems
U A Fanthorpe
Progress: 16/160 pages
Hainish Novels & Stories, Vol. 2
Ursula K. Le Guin
Progress: 133/789 pages
The Art Book
Editors of Phaidon Press
Progress: 60/515 pages
The Essential Shakespeare
Ted Hughes
Progress: 78/259 pages

Reading progress update: I've read 330 out of 615 pages.

Empires of the Word: A Language History of the World - Nicholas Ostler

Latin died twice! Firstly, with the collapse of the Roman empire, it slowly ceased to be a useful lingua franca for travellers (and there was less long distance travel anyway as the road system decayed). Secondly it died as the language of elite learning when the printing press made books relatively cheap and accessible.

 

Interesting that we are now back to largely having a single language of elite learning - English.