Top positive review
Best of its kind
Reviewed in the United States on August 26, 2016
Love this book. It's the best treatment of metaphor from a writer's standpoint that I am aware of. The preface describes it as an OED of comparisons, and that gets the effect right. The first chapter is about using animals to describe people. The second is about using nature to describe abstractions. There's a chapter on human biology, a chapter on architecture, a chapter on mythology, and about ten others. The discussions are illustrated with examples from English literature, and the examples are the best part. They make every page interesting. The book is also beautifully designed in terms of layout and typography. Great stuff for the writer or speaker.