March 23rd, 2006


The End

In the final few chapters of The Professor and the Madman, author Simon Winchester begins to drop his literary pretension, and the French-derived vocabulary, and his style becomes much more accessible and enjoyable. In fact, the "postscript" and "acknowledgements" sections were a pleasure to read, very casual in style, as though one were having an interesting conversation with a friend. The only word I found myself looking up (and there is a paragraph or two devoted to the phrase "look it up" in the book) was orotund, which, in addition to being readily accessible in most dictionaries, and not being French, is an interesting and possibly useful word to know.

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