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A brilliant analysis of Western mind and view of the East,
Rezension bezieht sich auf: Orientalism (Taschenbuch)
It is not often that a brilliantly, exhaustively researched book on an alternatingly controversial and trivial subject can engender an emotional response of the magnitude with which this work does. In documenting the psychological architecture of the western mind and its perspective on the East- or the "Orient", he deconstructs it. The idea that it exists deconstructs it by nature; before reading this book you will swear that most of what we know of the Arabian East is the absolute truth, and isn't much of anything complimentary, let alone influential.
I rate this book, for its effect on our psyche as Americans alone (regardless of race or assumed political leanings), as one of the most important written in this now closing century. The world looks the way it does not because of natural law,like the reasons why the Sahara has become a desert- or at least not by the natural laws we have imagined. Edward Said shows this in remarkable fashion.