Living With A Dead Language

Living With A Dead Language

My Romance With Latin

Book - 2016
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After thirty-five years as a book editor in New York, Ann Patty stopped working and moved to the country. Bored, she decided to challenge her word-loving brain through studying Latin at local colleges. Her study opened unexpected windows into her life, and along the way, she met an impassioned group of professors, students and classicists outside of academia who keep Latin very much alive. Written with humor, heart, and an infectious enthusiasm for words, Patty's book is an object lesson in how learning and literature can transform the past and lead to an unexpected future. -- adapted from book jacket.
Publisher: New York, New York : Viking, [2016]
Copyright Date: ©2016
ISBN: 9781101980224
Branch Call Number: 478.2 P2788L 2016
Characteristics: x, 242 pages ; 22 cm


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Jul 07, 2016

I picked up this book because I took Latin in high school (a "dead" language so I didn't have to struggle with pronunciation) to read about the author's experiences. As she pursued her Latin studies through auditing classes at Vassar, Patty found herself reflecting on her 35-year career as a book editor until the 2008 recession ended her employment and her relationship with her mother who always wanted her to study Latin. Along the way, she found a lively culture within the Latin world and a second career teaching Latin to teenagers. Although the book was slow to start, it did pick up after the first few chapters. It's also been a few years since I've read a book where I had to stop and look up unfamiliar words in a dictionary.


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