Look at it this way: English is the world no. 1 language. So there is little need for you to bother yourself with learning a second language, just to be able to get around in the world. And getting 'very literate' (your words, not mine) can take a lot of time and energy. You can put that energy in learning other stuff that suits you best.Sigh! I'm jealous of being very literate in at least 2 languages. There is no other language that I could read a novel in.
Ah! I was wondering about that, you being the Resident Parson. Not languages to get easily 'very literate' in.(Grins) "Very literate" was my way of saying I know a little of a couple of languages, Greek and Hebrew....
It is in the Netherlands, on any school. Whether or not there is a practical need (or aptitude), it does broaden your mind and cultural outlook..I really wish more American schools made learning a foreign language mandatory.
True that. ThanksAh! I was wondering about that, you being the Resident Parson. Not languages to get easily 'very literate' in.
It is in the Netherlands, on any school. Whether or not there is a practical need (or aptitude), it does broaden your mind and cultural outlook..
Anyway, all this has little to do with Poul Anderson.
The Only Game in Town is the fourth Time Patrol book, so I only listed the first - a vote for Time Patrol kinda encapsulates the sequels, perhaps.My favorite Poul Anderson is not one listed it's "The Only Game in Town." I also voted for "The Boat of a Million Years" and "Time Patrol." I've probably not read as much of his stuff as I should have, bu those three are definitely memorable.
But I've got to wonder about that list. I see the title in a "Time Patrol" omnibus but I know of certainty that what I read was a stand alone and I really think novel size. I remember distinctly picking it up at a used book store in the late 80's after an acquaintance had told me that her son read all of Poul Anderson he could get a hold of, and I had not read any of his stuff at that time. There is nothing that I remember in "The Only Game in Town" about the Time Patrol it is a story of a mongol from before Genghis Chan's time who is hijacked to a time when the mass of people are illiterate and have no knowledge of history and the computer controlling human society presents history in the form of what we would call "reality shows." His only way of living in the time is to join the game and play a mongol, which of course he was. Could Anderson have reworked it into a novel at another time?The Only Game in Town is the fourth Time Patrol book, so I only listed the first - a vote for Time Patrol kinda encapsulates the sequels, perhaps.