The Anatomy of Melancholy, Paperback
5 out of 5 (4 ratings)


  • Format: Paperback
  • Pages: 1424 pages
  • Publisher: The New York Review of Books, Inc
  • Publication Date:
  • Category: Literary essays
  • ISBN: 9780940322660



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Where to begin discussing this book? How about again and again? For it begs never to be put down, and if finished (as if that's even possible) to be picked up again and pored over. Again. And again. And again . . . It got Samuel Jonson out of bed earlier than he wished. It kept me up later than I wished, and still "reading" it in my mind over and over again, musing on the insanity of it - the brilliant, always entertaining, enlightening, LIGHTING bolts of language and thought crammed so mercilessly between two covers. It won't drive you mad, though, or mess with your humours, unless, of course, a sense of one you don't have - a bricolage (I think) to be devoured ravenously and chewed interminably like an everlasting gobstopper - a joy to exhaust your mind and body by . . .

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This is a book that I view as a reference work in the sense that I read it a bit at a time. I refer to it as the need arises whether due to my own melancholy or to a reference in another work. This is a massive creation of genius and a lifetime of thought. It deserves my continuing devotion and meditation on its content and meaning.

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Where to you begin on this one... You must have this! I am reading this currently, and probably will be for much of the rest of my life. When it is billed as "The best book ever written"... you kinda gotta have it on your shelf, don't ya think? :-)

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For just going off on tangent after tangent after tangent and somehow just not really up or caring if you get lost in it...get lost in it with him...