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An anonymour review on Amazon of the book immediately above.  “The title, a little known verse from the New Testament, sets the unifying theme of this collection of essays: speech in all its forms. James Como, a veteran professor of Rhetoric at the City University of New York, upholds the honor and dignity of the core meaning of the term, the skillful use of language, or as he describes it “a practical engagement of the most important human faculties at once directed toward a particular end under particular circumstances.” (p. 139)

Language of course encompasses a great deal of human activity, and Como’s investigations take him and his reader in many unexpected directions. His subjects range from high culture (Shakespeare, Thornton Wilder) to a consideration of the possibilities of (more or less) organized conversation in today’s world (a salon!) on down to intriguing looks at pop culture (movies, baseball). Rhetoric deals not only with writing but also with the oral, and Como explores the use and abuse of words by politicians in America and Peru, a country he knows well. He gives an entertaining account of an interview he conducted with the president of that South American land. He tells of conversations with Richard Attenborough, the distinguished director of the film Shadowlands, and with the equally distinguished cast. (What he quotes from a celebrated actress is hilarious and unforgettable.)

Several of the essays deal with one of the most skillful of practitioners of rhetoric in the last century, C.S. Lewis, whose reputation continues to grow and grow. Como is an internationally known expert on this author and has written other books on him. Thus it is greatly to the reader’s benefit to have included in this collection two magisterial essays, one a major contribution to the vexed and debated question of what we might call for short Lewis’s churchmanship. Another essay addresses a still more fundamental query: what significance has Lewis, especially for a new reader, fifty years after his death? Or, as Como puts the question with refreshing bluntness, “Why all the fuss?” With his detailed knowledge of his subject, Como is even able to set to right certain misleading statements from the great man himself. All in all, he presents one of the best deliberative arguments for Lewis’s eminence that this reviewer has read.”

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