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Friday, 19 March 2010

Book Reading Goal : Week 7

In the last two weeks two weeks I have been gripped by 1492: The Year Our World Began , by Felipe Fernandez-Armesto. This is the second book I have read by the renowed historian - the last was the incredible Civilisations.

1492 argues that the process of forging the new modern world  begun in 1492! Fernandez-Armesto traces key elements of the modern world back to events of  that year.  He takes the reader on a journey around the globe, drawing the together the threads that began to bind the planet. The tour begins in Granada, where the last Islamic kingdom in Europe collapsed, then moves to Timbuku, where a new Muslim empire triumphed. With Portuguese explorers, we visit the court of the first Christian king in the Congo. He then traces the frozen frontiers of the dynamic, bloody Russia of Ivan the Great, and explores the mystical poets in Asia. The book is perhaps not on the level of "Civilisations", but it is well worth the read. It will appeal mostly to those who love world, maritime or explorations history. At 346 pages, you will want to allow plenty of reading time.

Memorable Quote : "History has no course. It thrashes and staggers, swivels and twists, but never ends one way for long". [pg 311]

Book Reading Goal Review
Books Read So Far : 8 books
Remaining Books to Achieve Target : 42 books
Weeks Remaining to Achieve Annual Target : 41 weeks

On the Reading Pile
photo.jpgOn the reading list for next few weeks , I have very interesting books covering many areas from philosophy to China in Africa. Largely new works but I have thrown in two apparent classics in there. 

One that stands out is the  acclaimed new release Warrior Princess penned by our Zambian sister Princess Kasune Zulu . That book is scheduled for full review in April.  Among the endorsers includes Dr Mannasseh Phiri who writes :  "This is the story of the life of Princess Kasune Zulu--from very humble and simple beginnings in a little village in Chibombo central Zambia,through early marriage, infection with HIV, fiery AIDS activism to meeting with the world's most powerful men and women--is a compelling story of a warrior woman's determination not to be defeated by a deadly virus. Princess says of her infection that the HIV running in her bloodstream is a mere guest in her body and her life; she has refused to let the guest take over her life! This is the story of a Zambian woman who is positive about being positive. It is a story everyone must read."

Pick up that book so that by the time the review is penned in April we can have an informed discussion.  

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