Galateo was a bit of an afterthought Written by Giovanni Della Casa near the end of a life of democracy and scholarly pursuit, it was designed as advice for his nephew and published posthumously It became a bestseller around the world and spread ideas of politeness.What makes the book great is that it s not a particularly polite book M.F Rusnak translates it into a very jocular text, not afraid to use sharp or impolite language to call out the impoliteness of others At one point he describes people yearning to speak and missing the point like a dog in eagerness missing a hare It s a grouch s book, and a very entertaining one at that.Once of the things I found most interesting was to apply the lessons of Galateo into modern culture No man should boast of his intelligence says Della Casa someone should tell the denizens of Twitter The section in chapter 11 about how tedious it is hearing stories of the hilarious things their children say should apply to Facebook The admonishment that drinking is not an accomplishment could be given to anyone describing their crazy night out.The chapters on jokes may also be useful to those navigating the modern web The reminder that if people aren t laughing, maybe it is because the teller isn t funny would apply to a great many Youtube channels The reminder that wit should have the bite of a sheep rather than a dg may also help some of those people who think being nasty and funny are the same thing.Politeness has a bad name now, it s seen as a thin veneer on people s true thoughts but I think it really does have a place That empty politeness is recognised by Della Casa as like a rotten fruit but the true politeness of thinking of others and fitting out mode to a situation seem like perfectly useful concepts On less solid ground are the moments when he recommends doing what everyone else is because they are doing it Do what is done, not what should be done for it is better to blunder with others then be good by yourself That could be the route to some unpleasant results I think.That besides, we are living in such an argumentative world now, with people going out of their way to offend and others to be offended A littlesocial polish can t be a bad thing in such times.And remember, laugh out of need, not habit. i modi piacevoli sono quelli che porgon diletto o almeno non recano noia ad alcuno de sentimenti, n all appetito n all immaginazion di coloro co quali noi usiamo Non crediate che sia di una noia mortale, scritto bene, e a tratti molto ironico Seppure non giusto in ogni sua parte, o antiquanto in certe, una lettura fondamentale Oggi pi che mai, dove la maleducazione e il cattivo gusto regnano sovrani. Il libro insegna l arte della modestia, del controllo di s e forse del conformismo che se per assunto in piccole dosi consente di connettersi con i nostri coevi come mettersi d accordo sulle basi della grammatica per poter parlare di idee, fatti e sentimenti, un suolo livellato per poterci camminare sopra. A delightful read He s occasionally quite snarky and his general principles are consistent with current thinking on politeness.The Epilogue of this edition provides a helpful overview of manners books that followed his, particularly English. An entertaining look at the etiquette of Renaissance Italy, this guidebook on proper polite behavior for the time holds advice that could still be relevant for today, as well as some entertaining moments with silly ideas on what is or is not proper This book is a quick read at 61 pages. NYT review by Miss Manners This Work Has Been Selected By Scholars As Being Culturally Important, And Is Part Of The Knowledge Base Of Civilization As We Know It This Work Was Reproduced From The Original Artifact, And Remains As True To The Original Work As Possible Therefore, You Will See The Original Copyright References, Library Stamps As Most Of These Works Have Been Housed In Our Most Important Libraries Around The World , And Other Notations In The Work This Work Is In The Public Domain In The United States Of America, And Possibly Other Nations Within The United States, You May Freely Copy And Distribute This Work, As No Entity Individual Or Corporate Has A Copyright On The Body Of The WorkAs A Reproduction Of A Historical Artifact, This Work May Contain Missing Or Blurred Pages, Poor Pictures, Errant Marks, Etc Scholars Believe, And We Concur, That This Work Is Important Enough To Be Preserved, Reproduced, And Made Generally Available To The Public We Appreciate Your Support Of The Preservation Process, And Thank You For Being An Important Part Of Keeping This Knowledge Alive And Relevant File this under books I ve read because of video games The game Assassin s Creed II. Some gems here, especially about flattery Repetitive in a few places. This seems to be an excellent and faithful translation, with informative endnotes.
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