Interrelated essays by the Nobel Laureate on his adopted home of California, which Lewis Hyde, writing in The Nation, called "remarkable, morally serious and thought-provoking essays, which strive to lay aside the barren categories by which we have unders...
|Title||:||Visions from San Francisco Bay|
|Number of Pages||:||240 Pages|
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Visions from San Francisco Bay Reviews
My plan with this review was to include several amazing quotes so that the author could speak for himself. As they are all a good paragraph long and I have to return this book tomorrow and I'm too lazy to go to class today, so obviously too lazy to write a longer review, that's not going to happen. So much for grand plans. This is a book about the differences between America and Europe, about how everyone feels trapped in their own skin and helpless and stupid sometimes and how it's so hard to make a lasting impression, to write something worthy of lasting out the generations. He has a theme that, in today's society where the poorest person can make something of himself, it's the people that don't grow bored, that can order their time to their will, that are the true social superiors. Sadly, I'm not one of them. He also talks about the ridiculousness of people that are interested in high culture looking down upon those that aren't. He put it much more eloquently, but these are the people we need to do the dirty work we don't want to do and he can respect them for their work ethic, doing what the surely don't like doing either, brainless work more than all these sissy mama's boys and girls that strive for a revolution but have no idea what that is in their comfortable first world life (he was in Poland during World War 2). Well, that made me think about my snobbish attitude towards people that read Tom Clancy novels or like Lindsay Lohan. I'm forever after a woman of the people! Yeah, right. I can try, though.
intensely intellectual, deconstructivist examinations of beautiful things seems somewhat counterproductive to me, no matter how smart you are. no thanks.
I’m very glad I read this. It was a great read. Not only is this written beautifully - but the author also gives one much to think about. He suffered under Nazi occupation (he was in Warsaw) in his native Poland. Many of his insights and contrasts - of this book - relate to what he is seeing in the U.S. and how he sees it in the light of his experience in Europe during the War. His insights are never glib - never easy.
Some spot-on insights about the US from an immigrant from Poland and then ten years in France. Philosophical meanderings go in circles. Translation seems stilted and interferes with understanding the author's intent. I would not recommend except for the historical perspective.