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|English to English translations [Non-PRO]|
|English term or phrase: An ambitious book|
|An ambitious, often stirring and hilarious book.|
I understand the word ambitious when it use with human but what does it mean by "ambitious book"?
|English translation:additional notes|
I agree with Maria and Kim, but I feel there is more that can be said.
Meaning : Ambitious books:
To summarise we have a book covering a lot of territory, and or doing new things. You said you understand human ambition, but an ambitious book? Well your instincts are correct books are inanimate objects so they can't be ambitious. Well Maria answered that question already but I wish she would have spelled it out for you. It is really the ambition of the author that we are talking about. With the book it is the intention of the author to cover a lot of territory and or do new things. So yes it is the author that is ambitious not the book.
However if we go around stripping books of attributes like desire, humour.... we are talking about the destruction of literature. So while we can say that quite literally that it is the author that is ambitious, I would suggest you get used to people talking about books as if they were living things.
I might suggest you substitute the word 'story' for book, and say it was an ambitious story. The story is the idea created by the author and imagined by you and the book is just a convenient way to store the information. That way you don't have to arrange for the author to come and tell you the story and also you can come back to the story, even after the author is dead or has changed the her/his ideas about the world.
Usage : 'ambitious book' in literary criticism:
Often the term 'ambitious' is used to talk about whether or not the author was able to do what he/she intended to do in the book. If a critic says 'An ambitious book that fell short' then what they mean is that the author tried to do too much and they didn't succeed. If the critic says 'An ambitious book ..... a smashing success' then the book is good not only because the author accomplished the intended task, but also that the book was great on account of the author accomplishing so much. Yet another way to use 'ambitious book' is as a kind consolation prize. That is to say the critic liked the book, however the author did not accomplish everything that he/she set out to do. This is different than saying the book cam up short. Its a way of saying that the author shows promise, they had a great story, but they tried to accomplish too much.
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