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Switching to the Mac, Snow Leopard Edition: The Missing Manual
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Switching to the Mac, Snow Leopard Edition: The Missing Manual

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by David Pogue
 

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A Washington Independent Review of Books, Literary Hub, and Shelf Awareness Best Book of the Year

“Alameddine, entrancing and unflinching, is in easy command of his bricolage narrative, and he leavens its tragedy with wit.” —New York Times Book Review

“An elegy for a lost generation of gay men [and] a

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A Washington Independent Review of Books, Literary Hub, and Shelf Awareness Best Book of the Year

“Alameddine, entrancing and unflinching, is in easy command of his bricolage narrative, and he leavens its tragedy with wit.” —New York Times Book Review

“An elegy for a lost generation of gay men [and] a structurally inventive bildungsroman . . . The Angel of History marks the triumph of memory over oblivion.” —Bookforum

“The narrative spans every corner of the globe to reveal a razor-sharp mind in turmoil, reflecting a wider consciousness of the social unrest around him.” —Harper’s Bazaar online

The Angel of History takes place in a single day, but it reads like an epic . . . a sprawling fever dream of a novel, by turns beautiful and horrifying, and impossible to forget . . . Alameddine is a writer with a boundless imagination . . . [his] writing is so beautiful, so exuberant . . . When Alameddine aims for the heart, he doesn’t miss, and he hits hard . . . The Angel of History isn’t just a brilliant novel, it’s a heartfelt cry in the dark, a reminder that we can never forget our past, the friends and family we’ve loved and lost. It’s a raw love letter from those who survived a plague to those who didn’t.” —NPR.org

“A remarkable novel, a commentary of love and death, creativity and spirituality, memory and survival . . . brilliant . . . [it] hits an emotional nerve.” —Los Angeles Review of Books

“Excellent, lissome . . . the novel is a work of social and cultural memorialization . . . The Angel of History suggests that to be alienated—from past love and from the past itself—is to open the door to memory and creation . . . to read Alameddine’s prose is to see loss, if not mastered, then at least made into lively and living art.” —San Francisco Chronicle

“Laced with literary references . . . a kaleidoscopic storytelling style, and philosophical humor.” —New Yorker

“A poignant act of remembering by one AIDS survivor to a new generation . . . an evocative religious and sexual elegiac with both dark and stirring comedy . . . a poetic combination of Mapplethorpean imagery and religious symbolism. It’s uncomfortable and enlightening; an experiment in merging the present with the past, in merging a gay life characterized by assimilation with a gay life celebratory of its deviancy. It dances between the ecstasy of sexual release and the ecstasy of religious rapture . . . an unforgettable novel. The Angel of History is cathartic tale of outsiders and insiders and what’s lost in becoming each.” —PopMatters

“This is a story of one life and many themes: in this case, death and sex; religion; war; the purpose of art and of love and loss; and the need to remember. Here is a book, full of story, unrepentantly political at every level. At a time when many western writers seem to be in retreat from saying anything that could be construed as political, Alameddine says it all, shamelessly, gloriously.” —Guardian

“Alameddine has created a scintillating, original work whose moral complexity and detail of observation are wholly contemporary and entirely his own.” —Spectator

“Alameddine has beguiled us with his insight and compassion. His stories take the reader into the labyrinth that is the mind . . . presenting the existential drama of a single human life.” —Economist

“A stylish gem constructed of love and loss. All of it forms a glorious excess of life, death, and haunting memory . . . Alameddine [is] a daring and perceptive storyteller.” —Bay Area Reporter

“Smart, impassioned . . . The Angel of History is Alameddine at his best . . . he’s becoming an indispensable writer.” —Toronto Star Tribune

“[Alameddine’s] colorful syntax, his unique paralleling of communities (homosexuals, Arabs) and his intertwining of religious, sexual and popular imagery feel both important and exciting.” —Macleans

“A character study of a brilliant but tormented soul.” —Seattle Times

“While it is unflinching in its portrayal of sorrow, it also is wild, raucous, profane, sacred and uplifting.” —Daily Kos

“Alameddine’s novel resists easy taxonomies. Its mobility and nimbleness make it difficult to pin down; its subversive strategy turns irony back upon irony. Most impressively, it paints a portrait of a man beset on all sides by powers well beyond his ken, who nonetheless absolutely refuses to capitulate. He is a Bartleby with a conscience, a Gregor Samsa with a purpose, a Plume with real guts.” —World Literature Today

The Angel of History has cemented Alameddine as one of the leading queer novelists of our times, exploring outsiders in all their forms and resisting categorization.” —Muftah

“An unforgettable voice—erudite, ironic, profane.” —Newsday

“Ingenious . . . a richly textured novel that is a remarkable feat of imagination and a cry to remember a condition that not only still affects much of America but continues to overwhelm countries in Africa, Asia and elsewhere. The lapel ribbons may be gone, but the pain remains.” —Houston Chronicle

“Captivating . . . [these] remembrances of things past are delivered with insight, humanity and mordant wit.” —Mercury News

“Profound, brilliant . . . it offers insight into all the horrors and wonders associated with being that most otherworldly of beings: a human.” —Nylon

“Intricately woven . . . powerful . . . The language has a visceral edge to it . . . laden with meaning, symbolism and nostalgia . . . The Angel of History effectively tackles myriad themes pertinent to the day and age that we live in.” —New York Journal of Books

“Provocative, profound, and humorous.” —Lambda Literary

“Powerful . . . [a] majestically worldspanning narrative.” —The National

“Storytelling at its finest, a fabulist tale that explores how we grieve and how we succeed and fail in confronting our most painful memories . . . Alameddine uses the structure of his novel—as Proust did—to recreate the impression of memory. The Angel of History, with its fragmented, alternating, multiple points of view and multiple plots is a structural triumph.” —Numéro Cinq

“Alameddine’s greatest strength is his euphonious and lyrical prose. It reads like poetry, every word selected with a jeweler’s precision. The words have a rhythm and flow beautifully from the author’s creative and agile mind. The author’s signature erudition is displayed beautifully here with classical, religious, and artistic references that serve to inform and illustrate, and are never pedantic. All of these skilled devices serve to bring us a compelling tale of a complex man’s inner life and the loss and grief brought about by the AIDS crisis at its height.” —A&U Magazine

“In the spirit of Mikhail Bulgakov’s satirical masterpiece The Master and Margarita, Rabih Alameddine conjures an elegiac comedy with aplomb, his incantations rich with sincerity and irreverence . . . Alameddine is an entrancing storyteller, imbuing the quotidian with magnificence and undermining solemnity with sauciness . . . The Angel of History is outstanding, a novel that leaves a lasting mark.” —Shelf Awareness

“How does the mind grapple with transition, change, loneliness, and deterioration? Alameddine’s body of work is an extended meditation on this central question . . . With humor and wit, Alameddine reconfigures the self in exile and all its implications.” —Library Journal (starred review)

“Alameddine brilliantly captures [the protagonist] Jacob’s mind as it leaps between memory and the present.” —Publishers Weekly

“In this provocative portrait of a man in crisis, masterful storyteller Alameddine takes on some of the most wrenching conflicts of the day.” —Booklist (starred review)

“Alameddine is excellent at weaving literary references into his storytelling . . . A feverish portrait of a mind in crisis.” —Kirkus Reviews

“There are many ways to break someone’s heart, but Rabih Alameddine is one rare writer who not only breaks our hearts but gives every broken piece a new life.” —Yiyun Li

“Rabih Alameddine is a writer of conscience, of self-consciousness, of subconsciousness, of the great big global unconscious.” —Amy Tan

“Rabih Alameddine is one of our most daring writers—daring not in the cheap sense of lurid or racy, but as a surgeon, a philosopher, an explorer, or a dancer.” —Michael Chabon

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780596804251
Publisher:
O'Reilly Media, Incorporated
Publication date:
01/05/2010
Series:
Missing Manual Series
Edition description:
Snow Leopard ed.
Pages:
632
Product dimensions:
7.00(w) x 9.10(h) x 1.50(d)

Meet the Author

David Pogue, Yale '85, is the weekly personal-technology columnist for the New York Times and an Emmy award-winning tech correspondent for CBS News. His funny tech videos appear weekly on CNBC. And with 3 million books in print, he is also one of the world's bestselling how- to authors. He wrote or co-wrote seven books in the "For Dummies" series (including Macs, Magic, Opera, and Classical Music). In 1999, he launched his own series of amusing, practical, and user-friendly computer books called Missing Manuals, which now includes 100 titles.

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Switching to the Mac, Snow Leopard Edition: The Missing Manual 3.9 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 17 reviews.
Luvlighthouses More than 1 year ago
I keep the book right next to my Mac and use it for reference. The Introduction and Chapter 1 are great to read in order to get oriented on the MAC. The terminology is different so it helps to understand the basics. The book is for the simple-mnded (me) and for people who really want to make the MAC their own. It is definitely worth the price!!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I just bought the book and a new iMAC. I was afraid the book would be written for computer-speak folks but it's not! The book is easy to understand and is even humerous. Without this book I'm not sure I'd ever get started and use all the system's capabilities. A MUST BUY!!!!!!!!!
Guest More than 1 year ago
As a reference, since I am a PC user switching to a MAC
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
So glad I found and could order this manual. Of course there is a lot to this book, but know it will be helpful!
Guest More than 1 year ago
Useful to Mac starters
Guest More than 1 year ago
Valuable for those of us who are planning a switch from a PC to a Mac
Guest More than 1 year ago
Very easy to read, with pictures for someone that is new to the mac world.
Guest More than 1 year ago
It's a reference book
Guest More than 1 year ago
Excellent reference book.
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Guest More than 1 year ago
30 years of PC and just switched to a Mac. This book helped me translate PCisms into MACese.