Two micro-reviews, one of the new edition of Rolfe Humphries’ Ovid/Metamorphoses, and one of W.M. Thackston’s Sa‘di/Gulistan

At Rhino.


Teaser quote: It’s a book for everybody. As much as an axe helve is fitted to the grasp of the human hand, this text is fitted for the human mind. Which is to say it’s 100% homely anecdotes, parables, witty comebacks, all of ’em numbered, crystal clear, ramjam with images. Every metaphor is spot-on and memorable. Listen: it wouldn’t have been continuously quoted by every Persian-speaker for 760 years unless it was something special.


[originally posted Tuesday 3 July 2018]