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 very good and provocative number of essays, Dutch writer Maarten Asscher continues that comparisons could be the top type of argument.

Asscher makes his case with examples drawn from classical to modern historical past, artwork, and literature: Hamlet in Ithaca and Telemachus in Elsinore, the Mediterranean and the North Sea, writing from a jail mobilephone and writing from a room at domestic, the “suicide” of Primo Levi and jap Kamikaze pilots, etc. With swish erudition and idiosyncratic wit, Asscher demonstrates how the comparative strategy delivers perception not just into matters concurrently, but in addition into basic matters they could have in common.

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