by Josip Vučković (Croatian and European Medieval Literature)
The Cambridge Encyclopedia of Language not only makes a perfect Christmas gift for all language aficionados, but also works as a tool for converting your beloved ones into language addicts. If they consider the study of language to be about as interesting as peeling onions, this book will convince them that language and linguistics are far more layered than they ever thought, with many pearls to be found beneath their layers. The book is accessibly written and cutting through the layers is guaranteed to be a no-cry experience.
Karen Blixen: Babette’s Feast. Caution: Before buying this book as a Christmas present, ask yourself whether you enjoy philosophical conversations about religion and ways in which human beings may relate towards their senses and the beauty in the world. Because this unpretentious and seemingly simple story is likely to awaken a dormant philosopher in the gift receiver, and topics such as those mentioned above may become unavoidable.
Richard Feynman: Surely You’re Joking, Mr. Feynman! Adventures of a Curious Character. Your friend does not have to be a physicist to enjoy this set of personal anecdotes told by Richard Feynman. Feynman’s frankness, sense for humor and laid back attitude are likely to make your friend smile, even in cases when she or he may not share some of Feynman’s sentiments (such as his attitude towards the humanities).
This post is part of the Guest posts: 3 books that would make a perfect Christmas gift series