The Story Of English Roses – A Review Of A Book
The English Rose by Robert Hass is a highly enjoyable, albeit dry, book for anyone interested in literature. Hass has written a book that is well worth reading, but it does not excel at one thing – language. It’s true that Hass is a master at using words and phrases, but the book’s grammar is less than perfect. If there are mistakes in his use of language, it is only in the technical sense of the word.
English Rose is one of those books that seem to have been written on a typewriter, because it reads more like a textbook than a book with writing on it. I’m not sure what type of machine Hass used, but it certainly didn’t make a difference, because the writing is terrible. There are some very obvious spelling and grammatical errors. The book is filled with long passages of uninteresting conversation and scenes, and nothing ever happens to interest the reader. The reader barely bothers to continue reading because the story is so boring.
Some readers may not like the fact that Hass makes his stories in the American language. On the other hand, the fact that he uses the English language in his novel is quite clever, because it makes the language much easier to understand.
Despite all the bad aspects, I do believe that Hass has one good idea. He writes about a society in which men, especially soldiers, have developed a sophisticated language that allows them to converse with each other without speaking each other’s language. Men will converse in German or French, but not the English language. It’s a brilliant idea.
The problem with this idea, however, is that people learn their native language first, so when they speak in a foreign language, their vocabulary is limited. This limits their ability to use language properly in their new surroundings. They become fluent enough to be able to converse in a language that they already know, but they don’t understand how to use it effectively.
It would be nice if our children could pick up the language as quickly as possible, and that we could all speak the same language. However, that isn’t the way the world works. That being said, I do enjoy Robert Hass’s writing and am impressed with his talents as a writer.
As with any great book, I was left wanting more. I wished that Hass had written a second volume. I’m not saying that English Rose was a bad book, but I thought that there could be more to it than what he offered. I liked it for what it was, but there was definitely more to be written.
If you’re interested in learning about the English language, then English Rose is a very good introduction to this fascinating, beautiful language. It is a quick read, but still offers a lot of interesting material.