Dictionary Days: A Defining Passion by Ilan Stavans
My rating: 3 of 5 stars
I love me some word books, be they about grammar or etymology or the creation of dictionaries and encyclopedias and the like. This looked to be a cross between one of those and Manguel's A History of Reading, but somehow was less than and slighter than anticipated. Rather than get a real sense of Stavans' passion we got a glance at it, a few word definitions seen through the eyes of different languages and dictionaries, and a short history of the type. Oh well. Usually I hold to the adage "half as long, twice as nice" but not here. More would have been better.