am 18. Februar 2012
Ambrose Bierce's" Devil's Dictionary" is one of the most cynical and sardonic books ever published. Released during the Gilded Age, it takes aim with its definitions at politicians, financiers and hypocrites of all types. His definitions are memorable and as telling today as they were 100 years ago. For example, Bierce defines a cynic as "A blackguard whose faulty vision sees things as they are, not as they ought to be" or diplomacy as "the patriotic art of lying for one's country" of finance as "the art or sience of managing revenues and resources for the best advantage of the manager."
I had originally read this and his "Parenticide Club" many years ago and was delighted to find them as freely available e-books. The Devil's Dictionary is an ideal book for reading on a Kindle. The Highlighter feature of the Kindle allows you to easily mark the quotes you want to remember and the built-in (normal) dictionary allows you to look up some of Bierce's more obscure words. That said, the formatting of the e-book version I read was less than perfect.
am 16. Dezember 2013
The idea is of Bierce is to be fiercely truthful. So he takes words and phrases and "defines" them for us. Caution: extreme cynicism. But...sometimes the cynics are right. Not a treasure chest, but does have some interesting nuggets. Ambrose Bierce also has an interesting history, an intellectual that had a conscience. He went to Mexico to fight with Pancho Villa, and was never heard of again.