I Is an Other
The Secret Life of Metaphor and How it Shapes the Way We See the World
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“Sherlock Holmes could glance at a bowler hat and tell that its owner's wife had ceased to love him. In this brilliant book about metaphor James Geary is no less astonishing, as he deciphers the subtle implications embedded in advertising slogans, familiar slang and government double-talk…. You'll scarf down every page of I Is an Other and then ask for more.” —Michael Dirda, Pulitzer Prize-winning critic and author of Book by Book and Classics for Pleasure
For lovers of language and fans of Blink and Freakonomics, New York Times bestselling author James Geary offers this fascinating look at metaphors and their influence in every aspect of our lives, from art to medicine, psychology to the stock market.
From Publishers Weekly
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Geary provides indispensable insight into a topic that touches nearly every aspect of our lives yet is seldom consciously considered.
"I is an Other" is a timely treatise for a world increasingly dominated by text messaging, microblogging, and social media.
Everyone should read this book.
A good book on metaphors
I spent quite a bit of time looking for a good book on the subject of metaphors. Not much information exists about them online, other than English grammar websites that look at it purely as a facet of speech. I bought this as a physical book, and was thoroughly pleased. I personally cannot function without metaphors, and I was looking to better understand why I think the way I do. Although I still have many questions, I am very happy that this book exists.