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by Melvyn Bragg

Category: History and Criticism
Subcategory: Fiction
Author: Melvyn Bragg
ISBN: 1611450071
ISBN13: 978-1611450071
Language: English
Publisher: Arcade Publishing (April 1, 2011)
Pages: 336
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Get books you want This novel takes up where Bragg's The Soldier's Return left off . In this gripping novel, Melvyn Bragg brings an extraordinary episode in English history to fresh, urgent life

This novel takes up where Bragg's The Soldier's Return left off, following the lives of the Richardson family from 1947 to the mid-1950s. The family is forever altered by the father's return from WWII. 12 Books That Changed the World. In this gripping novel, Melvyn Bragg brings an extraordinary episode in English history to fresh, urgent life. At the end of May 1381, the fourteen-year-old King of England had reason to be fearful: the plague had returned, the royal coffers were empty and.

In this groundbreaking book, Melvyn Bragg shows how English conquered the world. The Adventure of English" is an enthralling story not only of power, religion, and trade, but also of a people and how they changed the world.

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Here is the riveting story of the English language, from its humble beginnings as a regional dialect to its current preeminence as the one global language, spoken by more than two billion people worldwide. In this groundbreaking book, Melvyn Bragg shows how English conquered the world. It is a magnificent adventure, full of jealousy, intrigue, and war�against a hoard of invaders, all armed with their own conquering languages, which bit by bit, the speakers of English absorbed and made their own. Along the way, its colorful story takes in a host of remarkable people, places, and events: the Norman invasion of England in 1066; the arrival of The Canterbury Tales and a �coarse� playwright named William Shakespeare, who added 2,000 words to the language; the songs of slaves; the words of Davy Crockett; and the Lewis and Clark expedition, which led to hundreds of new words as the explorers discovered unknown flora and fauna. The Adventure of English is an enthralling story not only of power, religion, and trade, but also of a people and how they changed the world.
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Mpapa
Really interesting study which helped me understand why and how the English language is so flexible, subtle, and rich in synonyms compared for example to French where l'Academie Francaise officially resists adoption of any new words from UnFrench cultures. (I live in France). It's one of those books I shall have to read again, particularly the early chapters which are the most interesting. The pace unwinds a bit in the last couple of chapters but it's still a good read.
YSOP
Melvyn Bragg's The Adventure of English: The Biography of a Language is an entertaining and informative romp into the history, transformations and vicissitudes of English

As Bragg correctly points out, English went through a number of radical transformations while it was the language of England. When it became the language of America, Australia, and, to an extent, India, the entire scope of English changed. It transformed from a series of dialects on a small European island, to a world language.

The adventure in the title is journey from the English spoken by the Angles, Saxons and Jutes, to that of the internet, the global economy, and the currency and marker of education and advancement on every continent.
Brakora
For the average reader the first 50 percent of the book is very tough going. There are many pages in archaic English that are simply mind numbing and impossible to understand. I almost gave up on many occasions but always believe the writer has a reason. And so with perseverance I found the second half to be educational (I did learn something) and quite entertaining. Those with a specific interest in English will doubtless get more though likely will know most of what is discussed already. I do feel a personal satisfaction in having completed the book - a bit like an assignment and will now be very hard to move onto something lighter.
Lanionge
Language feels innate. It flows almost effortlessly, giving voice to our innermost aspects that can often feel entirely untranslatable. For native speakers, English is the miraculous software that came installed with the hardware. Melvyn Bragg's THE ADVENTURES OF ENGLISH is not a textbook larded with wonk, it's a professional word lover's exploration of English's history - from Anglo-Saxon, to Latin, to French, to the Internet - that has produced the energetic, evolving argot now employed around the world. THE ADVENTURES OF ENGLISH is a quality overview, even if the author admits his lack of true expertise, while peppering the book with his layman's interpretation of academic research.

Studying the origins of any language offers ample opportunity for boring material. It's a territory populated with etymologists, philologists, and archaeological grammatologists - not exactly the most lively bunch. Bragg avoids these hazards. He tells a story, touching on all the key moments in the evolution of English. The arrival of the Saxons, the Danes, the Normans, and the Americans - all of it carrying the story forward. As we read, we watch the language become more familiar with each passing century, words and syntax added as English advances. A weakness shows itself when Bragg simply fills his pages with lists - e.g. a list of common words derived from foreign sources. It's filler and easy to skip over.

The book's strength centers on the author's true passion for how this unique, malleable technology called English came into being. He's is not a dogmatic prescriptivist. Bragg welcomes contributions from all comers - give me your tired, poor, and huddled lingos. He entirely avoids any disparagement of American contributions to the language (a rare act of graciousness from an erudite Brit), and he never once suggests that things have taken a step back. To understand English is to understand that there is no such thing as True English, and there never will be. It's a growing organism with branches grafted from sources as antipodal as India and Los Angeles.

This is a user-friendly introduction to a dense, complex subject. Bragg's anecdotes and clarity of thought create an entry point for any reader looking to learn more about the lingua franca of everyone from William Shakespeare to Jay-Z.
Doriel
On the whole I very much enjoyed this book. To study the English language in this manner is very much like peeling back the onion in which we are able to discern insights which connect us to our ancestors who bequeathed us language, culture and values. As a retired US military officer, I have had opportunities to interface with my British counterparts which I found to be most interesting. In such circumstances I quickly learned that it is important to listen carefully and to ask questions to verify that both parties are correctly discerning the other. As a British friend of mine put it, this is the challenge of communication between native speakers ( US and UK)......consider the communication challenges for those who use English as a second language with other second language speakers. One significant shortcoming of the book is it's failure to consider and discuss the Philippine experience with the English language. The Philippine population now exceeds 100 million, and English is one of two official languages. English is the medium of instruction in Philippine schools. A recent BBC program cited the Philippines as the world's budget instructor for teaching English to those desiring to acquire English skills in an affordable manner. It is for this significant omission that I rated the book at 4 stars.
Elildelm
An outstanding and riveting survey of the rise and flowering of English from its beginning to the present day. I am generally acquainted with the political, social and religious history of America and Europe but this book fills many gaps. To boot, it is extremely well written, contains many quoted examples and is very well organized. While not footnoted, i am not an academic, and am therefore not inconvenienced. Scholars undoubtably already know many of the sources and there is always Google and academic search engines.

Highly recommended.
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