I was drawn to the expression, “The book feels expressive” in the following sentence of the article titled “The Battle Hymn of the Tiger Family” in The New Yorker February 4 issue:
“In any case, it may be that “The Triple Package” like “Battle Hymn of the Tiger Mother” isn’t really about its argument. The book feels expressive, rather than analytical. Chua and Rubenfeld are self-conscious tiger parents.” http://www.newyorker.com/online/blogs/books/2014/02/the-battle-hymn-of-the-tiger-family.html
The format of [Subject+ feel +adjective] may not be uncommon. But I wonder;
- Can an inanimate object such as book, desk, airplane, house ‘feel,’ i.e. have a human sensation like expressive, impressive, fashionable, swift, dull and so on?
- Is this just a figurative expression? Can we say 'books love bibliophiles' as well as 'bibliophiles love books'?
- Does the word, ‘feel’ have the meanings of ‘is felt (to me),’ or 'give the feeling (to me)' as an intransitive verb?
Would you clarify why a book can “feel”?