Greek to Me

Greek to Me The Comma Queen Returns With A Buoyant Book About Language, Love, And The Wine Dark Sea.In Her New York Times Bestseller Between You Me, Mary Norris Delighted Readers With Her Irreverent Tales Of Pencils And Punctuation In The New Yorker S Celebrated Copy Department In Greek To Me, She Delivers Another Wise And Funny Paean To The Art Of Self Expression, This Time Filtered Through Her Greatest Passion All Things Greek.Greek To Me Is A Charming Account Of Norris S Lifelong Love Affair With Words And Her Solo Adventures In The Land Of Olive Trees And Ouzo Along The Way, Norris Explains How The Alphabet Originated In Greece, Makes The Case For Athena As A Feminist Icon, Goes Searching For The Fabled Baths Of Aphrodite, And Reveals The Surprising Ways Greek Helped Form English Filled With Norris S Memorable Encounters With Greek Words, Greek Gods, Greek Wine And Than A Few Greek Men Greek To Me Is The Comma Queen S Fresh Take On Greece And The Exotic Yet Strangely Familiar Language That So Deeply Influences Our Own.

Mary Norris began working at The New Yorker in 1978 Originally from Cleveland, she now lives in New York.

✮ Greek to Me  Books ✰ Author Mary Norris –
  • Hardcover
  • 240 pages
  • Greek to Me
  • Mary Norris
  • English
  • 08 March 2017
  • 9781324001270

10 thoughts on “Greek to Me

  1. says:

    Greek to MeMary Norris s book will be one I read again and I m half convinced to learn Greek I have been a fan of the Greek Gods since my first contact with the D Aulaires Book of Greek Myths larger than I could carry book came out in 1962 I memorized every story, every page, every drawing, and have been lost in love with all things Greek since The first time I saw the book cover running through the Goodreads updates, I hooted for joy Found it in Libby and check it out had to wait 12 weeks for a kindle version.and then ended out buying the audio from audible truly a festival of formats, but so worth the wait My other love is words, where they come from, how and who shaped them into the words that I ve been taught I thought that was what Greek to Me would be about it was, but it was sooooo much There were stories of the...

  2. says:

    Mary Norris, whose last book, The Comma Queen, has done it again this time by making learning to speak Greek seem easy and traveling the not so beaten paths of Greece While I enjoy Mary s writing style, I envy her adventurous spirit of travel and her joy of life long learning.Mary gives us a few glimpses of her childhood back in Ohio and her wonderous work environment at the revered, The New Yorker Even though we re the same age, I still want to be Mary when I grow up If you had the pleasure of reading her last book in 2015, you might remember that Mary left the suburbs of Cleveland, Ohio in 1970 to attend Douglas College, then the women s college of Rutgers University, in New Brunswick, NJ Rutgers didn t become coed until 1974 graduating in 1974 She then earned her Masters in English from the University of Vermont two years later In 1978 she was hired by, The New Yorker magazine has remained there to this day as copy editor, and now Author.Can you tell how proud I am of Mary I m also a tiny bit jealous since I m an alum of Rutgers too She now lives in NY and I live in OH Stop laughing.Okay, back to the book Mary describes her love of languages and learning, and how one of her colleagues at the New Yorker, Ed Stringham, got...

  3. says:

    Why do we lean on dead languages for new things Perhaps expressing these things in the language that is oldest, in words that we have in common with many other languages, gives us a touchstone Greek To Me adventures of the Comma Queen is a memoir by self admitted philhellene and best selling American author, Mary Norris She has been on the staff of The New Yorker for some 35 years, and a Page OK er for twenty of those Norris has been referred to by some as a prose goddess, or a comma queen She begins by declaring her fascination with all things Greek, and explaining how and why she came to study ancient Greek under the aegis of The New Yorker She explains how the Greek alphabet derives from the Phoenician, and many other alphabets from Greek why Athena is a good model for a copy editor and she declares her respect for those authors of definitive works on Greek and Greece This is a memoir that isn t bound by chronology but is filled with Norris s love for Greek, and her experiences with Greek and in Greece Norris takes us on her somewhat comic pilgrimage to Elefsina in search of the Eleusinian Mysteries she details her short stage career in Greek tragedies, one that had her recalling her family s own tragedy and drawing on experiences of her own and those close t...

  4. says:

    As an early reviewer I m finding it difficult to be objective as naturally people will span the range of opinions from loving it to finding it boring I think I had different expectations than the way the book was described so part of my low opinion is based on what I thought I was going to read Having never read any of Mary s books before, I don t know if this style of writing is common in other books but found the sentences long winded and clunky So many thoughts packed into single sentences, she truly is a comma queen, dragging words down and around Is she showing off her vocabulary Does she rule at Scrabble with 5 letter words I grew weary of the thought process as well when she bounced from one topic to another, especially when discussing her personal life that had nothing to do with her travels and rambled on about her childhood and parents at unexpected moments when discussing something about her trips I didn t expect to get that kind of detailed biography and what I did get I didn t find interesting or witty In addition the storyline did not feel not chronological and so felt tossed all over the place when going back and forth from a particular trip to descriptions of mythology or to college experiences.Also, I ...

  5. says:

    Mary Norris had a great job copywriter for the New Yorker She deliberately worked the night shift to leave her days free to pursue her hobby, which was Greece and all things Greek, ancient and modern By living in New York, she was able to take advanced graduate courses at such institutions at Columbia, learning how to speak the language and...

  6. says:

    This book, rich in the history of language and the alphabettakes us on a journey with the written and spoken word It s the alpha to omega of everything, really Herald Sun

  7. says:

    I wanted this book to figure out whether it wanted to be a book about Greek language and culture and its influence on ours or a memoir about the author s love of all things Greek Instead, it tried to be both, but wasn t long enough to do either aspect justice.

  8. says:

    With a love of words and travel, I was really looking forward to this one, but just couldn t finish it It was all over the board memoir, etymology and word lover s delight, travelogue, history, mythology About 15% into it, I couldn t wait for it to be over, and by 30%, I gave up Parts of it were interesting, but it was just a little too disjointed I thought it was going to make a great gift for my Greek boyfriend and his sisters, who all speak some Greek and have been to Greece, but I d be embarrassed giving it to them, because if a book lover like me couldn t get through it, they would immediately fall asleep 10 pages in It reminded me a bit of Lynne Truss s Eats, Shoots Leaves, which I didn t find all ...

  9. says:

    I was able to read the galley of this on NetGalley.3.5 really A memoir about fun times had sneaking around the office practicing Greek and gallavanting around the country Definitely what it says on the cover a book about what Greek means to the author She recounts fun times with tutors and publishers and how she learned the language as an adult copyeditor with money from her job She got away with a lot tha...

  10. says:

    this is a breezy, easy, fun book especially if you like language and words It dragged only slightly in a few parts but the author moves quickly through her adventures Aside from the fun of all the Greek words I was especially taken with her fearless travels a women on her own I would not only be exhausted with the constant unwanted attention by the men and it didn t matter where she was a restaurant, a boat, driving, etc but eventually I would get royally pissed off ...

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