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by Robert MacNeil

A Nova Scotia boyhood is recaptured through a language lover's remembrances of early encounters with the written word and quiet but unforgettable special moments of youth
Download Wordstruck (G K Hall Large Print Book Series) epub
ISBN: 0816148880
ISBN13: 978-0816148882
Category: Biographies
Subcategory: Professionals & Academics
Author: Robert MacNeil
Language: English
Publisher: G K Hall & Co (July 1, 1990)
ePUB size: 1869 kb
FB2 size: 1682 kb
Rating: 4.3
Votes: 372
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Wordstruck is truly a book for word-lovers to savor. As one fascinated from childhood with the complexity and beauty of language, I found a sympathetic heart in Robert MacNeil. I loved his PBS documentary some years ago, The Story of English, and have enjoyed the book that accompanied the series.
Wordstruck is a feast-- his own story, from his earliest recollections of growing up in Canada, listening to words and always being drawn to their charms. He describes how our English language is so rich, with its continuing growth and change, the streams of words flowing in from other languages and from various specialities, like sports, occupations, military, and so on. But it's more than a mere description of words; it's the story of his passion for them, and the story of how they are our life.
Very pleased.
Book arrived exactly as advertised -- in pristine condition, from the book cover to the very last page. Excellent book. I was extremely satisfied. Also arrived on time.
An old favorite which I will read again. Will pass on my second copy to an avid reader friend.
I had read the book and wanted to get my own copy. I had to buy it from a 3rd party seller. I was assured that it was hardbound and "like new" and paid $17.70. When it arrived, not only was there an inscription at the beginning of the book, but there was underlining throughout the book, all in heavy black ink. Amazon gave me a refund, but I wish they would do something about deceptive 3rd party sellers. Unfortunately I can no longer find the seller who provided the book because otherwise I would NEVER recommend it.
This wonderful memoir, first published in 1989 by Robert MacNeil, is absolutely wonderful to read. A delightful memoir by a distinguished man who also co-authored The Story of English. He is co-anchor of the MacNeil/Lehrer Newshour.
I bought it a few years ago out of curiousity - and have shared and recommended it to friends who appreciate a well written book with lots of surprises. This man loves words and the power of words, He was raised in Nova Scotia by a mother who read and provided books for him, introducing him to the world of poetry and the love of learning.
How appropriate this book is for today when literacy and reading books is being emphasized, finally. I think the brilliant author deserves more recognition and his thoroughly enjoyable book should be reprinted and made more easily available.
You will not be disappointed in this book. It is a treasure to keep and reread as time goes by.
Thanks Mr. MacNeil for sharing with us your uplifting story.
This book tells the story of MacNeil's childhood and his lifelong fascination with words. MacNeil's parents came of age in the late 1920s in Halifax, Nova Scotia. They started married life together just as the Depression hit. MacNeil's father commanded ships for the Canadian equivalent of the Coast Guard. During much of MacNeil's childhood, he was away at sea, and young Robert MacNeil was expected to follow in his footsteps when he graduated high school. However, Robert was drawn more towards books and literature, having developed an ear for literary expression at his mother's knee, as he listened to her read stories like Peter Pan and Treasure Island. It was his ear and love of enunciation that led him to a career in theater, radio, and eventually television broadcasting. In this book, MacNeil shares with us many of the influences on his early life and career, and enumerates some of the many books that he enjoyed experiencing as a child.
Well-crafted and well-written. Insightful about the English language, but can be elitist and, at times, boring. Would I recommend this, but make time to really read and not just skim. MacNeil has a passion for the language and it comes through in this book. If you are a word lover and, especially a poetry aficionado or a connoisseur of English, you will enjoy the read.