Apples and Oranges: In Praise of Comparisons by Maarten Asscher,Brian Doyle-Du Breuil

By Maarten Asscher,Brian Doyle-Du Breuil

What does it suggest while humans say “You can’t evaluate apples and oranges”? Are comparisons throughout genres inherently invalid, or can they be insightful and illuminating? during this great and provocative selection of essays, Dutch writer Maarten Asscher keeps that comparisons might be the top kind of argument.

Asscher makes his case with examples drawn from classical to modern heritage, paintings, and literature: Hamlet in Ithaca and Telemachus in Elsinore, the Mediterranean and the North Sea, writing from a jail phone and writing from a room at domestic, the “suicide” of Primo Levi and jap Kamikaze pilots, and so forth. With swish erudition and idiosyncratic wit, Asscher demonstrates how the comparative procedure provides perception not just into matters at the same time, but in addition into basic concerns they could have in common.

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