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Reviewed by Melinda Hills for Readers' Favorite
Irreverent in its honesty and take-no-prisoners approach, The Angel’s Dictionary: A Spirited Glossary for the Little Devil in You is an honest appraisal of words in terms of today’s sensibilities. Sol Luckman has picked up where writers like Mark Twain and Ambrose Bierce left off over a century ago, identifying new associations for words and phrases to match what they really represent today. Some entries result in a genuine laugh while others engender a discreet giggle and still more are met with a nod of the head and a mental response – ‘So true!’
Along with Sol Luckman’s witty and sometimes piercing observations, you can enjoy relevant and related quotes by a number of contemporary and historical persons, famous and infamous alike. From George Carlin and Willie Nelson to Mahatma Gandhi and Johann Wolfgang von Goethe, The Angel’s Dictionary proves that in many cases, no matter how much has changed, everything has really stayed the same. We just use different names and excuses today!
While maybe not for everyone, especially those who are offended by anything not PC, The Angel’s Dictionary: A Spirited Glossary for the Little Devil in You certainly provides a hard-hitting look at both how seriously we take ourselves and also how little we are aware of the greater world around us. Sol Luckman’s outlook is quite humorous but also a bit scary as he shows us a present and a future hinted at in works such as 1984 by Orwell and other science fiction stories. They say many a true word is spoken in jest, and perhaps Luckman’s humor is a well-timed wake-up call to be heeded while we still have time to ask important questions.