Rave review of “¿Por qué?” in Babel Magazine

Babel Magazine,  a British quarterly about language and linguistics for a popular audience (think Scientific American), has just reviewed ¿Por qué? — and it’s a rave! I’m not hugely surprised, because Babel‘s linguistic consultant, David Crystal, already contributed a favorable blurb for the book’s back cover. But I am absolutely thrilled nevertheless. I thought that the reviewer, Iulia Bobăilă, really captured my intention to present technical material in an approachable way.

When I read that Dr. Bobăilă is a Lecturer at Babeş-Bolyai University in Cluj-Napoca, Romania, I had to look up this wonderfully-named city. It turns out to be, according to Wikipedia, not only the second-largest city in Romania, but also “the unofficial capital of the Transylvania region”. How cool is that? It looks like a beautiful city, too — definitely one for the bucket list.

Here’s the review:

6 thoughts on “Rave review of “¿Por qué?” in Babel Magazine

  1. Patrick Bermingham

    Hello Judy,

    I bought a copy of ¿Por qué? earlier this year and brought it with me on a trip to Lanzarote- it was engrossing. Well done. We’re off to Spain again next week – this time to Peñiscola and we’re really looking forward to it.

    Keep up the good work.

    1. jhochberg Post author

      I’m glad you enjoyed the book, and appreciate your writing. Your travels sound fascinating. Did you know that some scenes in Game of Thrones were filmed in Peñiscola? I got a big kick out of the GOT connection when I visited Girona last summer. ¡Saludos!

      1. Patrick Bermingham

        I wasn’t aware of the Game of Thrones connection but Peñíscola had an earlier claim to fame when in 1960 the movie blockbuster El Cid was filmed there. ¡Saludos!


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