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Hardcover You Can't Read This: Forbidden Books, Lost Writing, Mistranslations, and Codes Book

ISBN: 088776732X

ISBN13: 9780887767326

You Can't Read This: Forbidden Books, Lost Writing, Mistranslations, and Codes

Wherever people can read, there are stories about the magic, mystery, and power of what they read. Val Ross presents a history of reading that is, in fact, the story of the monumental, on-going struggle to read. From Enheduanna, daughter of Sargon the Great, the world's oldest signed author to Empress Shotoku of Japan who in 764 ordered the printing of one million Buddhist prayers; from the story of Hulagu, Ghengis Khan's nasty brother who destroyed...

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Highly recommended not just for kids, but for all ages

Where ever people read there are tales of the magic and power of their reading: Val Ross charts these stories in YOU CAN'T READ THIS: FORBIDDEN BOOKS, LOST WRITING, MISTRANSLATIONS AND CODES. While it's written for kids ages 10 and older, it's reviewed here because its far-reaching survey of different kinds of reading, secret writing, destroyed libraries, and censorship have plenty of insights on the power of the written word: a power many an adult should be well aware of. A fascinating survey of the texts which contain power, and how they translate it, evolves in a book highly recommended not just for kids, but for all ages. Diane C. Donovan California Bookwatch
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