What?: Are These the 20 Most Important Questions in Human History--Or is This a Game of 20 Questions?

What?: Are These the 20 Most Important Questions in Human History--Or is This a Game of 20 Questions?

Mark Kurlansky


what's What? may well it's that famous writer Mark Kurlansky has written a really brief, terrifically witty, deeply thought-provoking e-book completely within the kind of questions? A e-book that pulls on philosophy, faith, literature, policy-indeed, all of civilization-to ask what might be the twenty most vital questions in human historical past? Or has he given us a very clever, impossibly fun online game of twenty questions? Kurlansky considers the paintings of Confucius, Plato, Gertrude Stein, Shakespeare, Descartes, Nietzsche, Freud, Hemingway, Emily Dickinson, the Talmud, Charles de Gaulle, Virginia Woolf, and others, distilling the deep questions of existence to their glowing essence. What? provides never-ending fodder for considerate dialog but in addition never-ending chance to consider and be challenged by-and entertained by-these questions in refreshingly unique methods. As Kurlansky says, In a global that turns out with out absolute certainties, how do we make declarative statements? with no asking the questions, how do we ever get to the solutions? "Why are we right here? Why is all of this the following? Why can we die? what's demise? What does it suggest that outer house is endless and what's after infinity? what's the value of birdflight, why does topic decay, and the way is our existence assorted from that of a mosquito? Is there an finish to those questions or is wondering as endless as space?" together with his notable black-and-white woodcut illustrations all through, this good-looking quantity is a travel de strength that packs a massive wallop in a deliciously compact package deal.

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