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The Dictionary of Lost Words: A Novel (original 2020; edição 2021)

por Pip Williams (Autor)

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In 1901, the word 'Bondmaid' was discovered missing from the Oxford English Dictionary. This is the story of the girl who stole it. Esme is born into a world of words. Motherless and irrepressibly curious, she spends her childhood in the 'Scriptorium', a garden shed in Oxford where her father and a team of dedicated lexicographers are collecting words for the very first Oxford English Dictionary. Esme's place is beneath the sorting table, unseen and unheard. One day a slip of paper containing the word 'bondmaid' flutters to the floor. Esme rescues the slip and stashes it in an old wooden case that belongs to her friend, Lizzie, a young servant in the big house. Esme begins to collect other words from the Scriptorium that are misplaced, discarded or have been neglected by the dictionary men. They help her make sense of the world. Over time, Esme realises that some words are considered more important than others, and that words and meanings relating to women's experiences often go unrecorded. While she dedicates her life to the Oxford English Dictionary, secretly, she begins to collect words for another dictionary: The Dictionary of Lost Words. Set when the women's suffrage movement was at its height and the Great War loomed, The Dictionary of Lost Words reveals a lost narrative, hidden between the lines of a history written by men. It's a delightful, lyrical and deeply thought-provoking celebration of words, and the power of language to shape the world and our experience of it.… (mais)
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Título:The Dictionary of Lost Words: A Novel
Autores:Pip Williams (Autor)
Informação:Ballantine Books (2021), 400 pages
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This novel takes place during the creation of the Oxford English Dictionary, the OED, and many of the people who created it appear. It is profoundly, and at its core, a book about words and their place. We follow Esme Nicoll starting at age 6, when she's playing beneath the table in the Scriptorium where the OED is being created. And that dictionary is a thread throughout her life and beyond.

This is a very calm novel, filled with the everyday needs of drinking tea, doing errands, and talking with friends. Through Esme's experiences, we become conscious that men and women have different experiences, sometimes using the same words differently, and sometimes with different words. Esme collects those words, allowing herself to see and define words that the Victorian white men creating that dictionary didn't include. In the course of the book, the women's suffrage movement reaches Oxford, and then the World War. And life goes on.

A stunning book - quiet and revolutionary. ( )
1 vote EowynA | Jul 27, 2021 |
I love books about words, and books about the hidden history of marginalized groups. Mix in interesting, likeable characters and a love story, and I’m totally there for it. The Dictionary of Lost Words is all of these things, and a delight to read.

Esme Nicoll is the fictional protagonist dropped into the decades-long effort to develop and publish the Oxford English Dictionary. As a child, Esme spent her days sitting beneath the sorting table in the Scriptorium, where her father worked as a member of the lexicography team. She began collecting words that fell to the floor, discarded for one reason or another. As she grew up, Esme took on more formal roles in the Scriptorium. She also came to the realization that most of her “lost words” were used almost exclusively by women to describe their daily lives. Inspired by the suffrage movement, she began actively collecting words which she hoped would be published someday.

Esme’s life revolved around the development of the dictionary, and this is a very interesting story indeed. But The Dictionary of Lost Words delivers even more through interesting, well-developed characters -- some real, some imagined -- who had a profound impact on her life. The historical backdrop, which included both women’s suffrage and World War I, added even more interest. I was totally immersed in Esme’s life, and strongly affected by her life choices and relationships. This is a lovely, memorable novel -- highly recommended. ( )
  lauralkeet | Jul 25, 2021 |
I really wanted to like this book, but I just felt it went no where, and not fast. It just sort of droned on and on, going no where. ( )
  debbiedd24 | Jul 21, 2021 |
I really wanted to like this book, but I just felt it went no where, and not fast. It just sort of droned on and on, going no where. ( )
  debbiedd24 | Jul 21, 2021 |
I am a word nerd and have already read a nonfiction book about the OED, so I thoroughly enjoyed this book. The way the author used words and dictionary entries to begin each chapter was clever. Even though some of the characters in this novel are fictitious, the story stays true to the interesting story behind compiling the first edition of the OED. The personal story of the main character blends in nicely with the facts. ( )
  hobbitprincess | Jul 16, 2021 |
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In 1901, the word 'Bondmaid' was discovered missing from the Oxford English Dictionary. This is the story of the girl who stole it. Esme is born into a world of words. Motherless and irrepressibly curious, she spends her childhood in the 'Scriptorium', a garden shed in Oxford where her father and a team of dedicated lexicographers are collecting words for the very first Oxford English Dictionary. Esme's place is beneath the sorting table, unseen and unheard. One day a slip of paper containing the word 'bondmaid' flutters to the floor. Esme rescues the slip and stashes it in an old wooden case that belongs to her friend, Lizzie, a young servant in the big house. Esme begins to collect other words from the Scriptorium that are misplaced, discarded or have been neglected by the dictionary men. They help her make sense of the world. Over time, Esme realises that some words are considered more important than others, and that words and meanings relating to women's experiences often go unrecorded. While she dedicates her life to the Oxford English Dictionary, secretly, she begins to collect words for another dictionary: The Dictionary of Lost Words. Set when the women's suffrage movement was at its height and the Great War loomed, The Dictionary of Lost Words reveals a lost narrative, hidden between the lines of a history written by men. It's a delightful, lyrical and deeply thought-provoking celebration of words, and the power of language to shape the world and our experience of it.

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