What?

What?

Are These the Twenty Most Important Questions in Human History, Or, Is This A Game of Twenty Questions?

Book - 2011
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What is What? Could it be that noted author Mark Kurlansky has written a very short, terrifically witty, deeply thought-provoking book entirely in the form of questions? A book that draws on philosophy, religion, literature, policy-indeed, all of civilization-to ask what may well be the twenty most important questions in human history? Or has he given us a really smart, impossibly amusing game of twenty questions? Kurlansky considers the work of Confucius, Plato, Shakespeare, Descartes, Nietzsche, Freud, Hemingway, Emily Dickinson, the Talmud, Charles de Gaulle, Virginia Woolf, and others, distilling the deep questions of life to their sparkling essence. What? supplies endless fodder for thoughtful conversation but also endless opportunity to ponder and be challenged by-and entertained by-these questions in refreshingly original ways. As Kurlansky says, In a world that seems devoid of absolute certainties, how can we make declarative statements? Without asking the questions, how will we ever get to the answers? With his striking black-and-white woodcut illustrations throughout, this handsome volume is a tour de force that packs a tremendous wallop in a deliciously compact package.
Publisher: New York : Walker, 2011
Edition: 1st U.S. ed
ISBN: 9781408817537
1408817535
9781408815755
1408815753
9780802779069
0802779069
Branch Call Number: 100 Kurlansk
100 Kurlansk
Characteristics: x, 83 p. : ill. ; 21 cm

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1aa
Nov 19, 2016

A well organized little book; playful tone; on the whole more on the serious side; less enjoyable than "The Interrogative Mood".

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VRMurphy
Mar 02, 2015

Is this a challenging, thought-provoking book? Or an exercise in indulging an author, by the publisher and editor? Maybe I need to think about this a bit more?

ser_library Jan 30, 2014

thought provoking and discussible with wonderful illustrations; a beautiful book and quick to read

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