Wolf Hall by Hilary Mantel
My rating: 3 of 5 stars
I didn’t finish this book. Didn’t even come close. I enjoy history, great literature, and have a penchant for most things British, but just couldn’t break into this book. I think was the perspective of the storytelling that I just couldn’t get past. The story is told from a first person, at times sub-conscience level. It’s a unique perspective and at times realistically thrilling. Mantel does a fantastic job of staying consistent in this style, and the timing and feel/flow is very real. But I think it just required more attention and concentration that I was willing to afford.
This book was most enjoyed during long sessions, and was very distracting to pick-up/put-down willy-nilly. It requires your attention to thoroughly enjoy. Perhaps I’ll give it another go at a different time.
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A World Undone: The Story of the Great War, 1914 to 1918 by G.J. Meyer
My rating: 5 of 5 stars
This isn’t exactly a review, but I want to write something in hopes that others will give this book a read as well.
You don’t need to be a history buff to enjoy this book. With all honestly, this is the first serious history book I’ve ever picked up, and I only did so because of a recommendation. But to say this book fascinated me is an understatement.
Not only did this book take me through all I thought I’d ever want know about WWI, but it has in fact driven me to learn more about the great historical events that have shaped the world. This book gave me a great understanding of the cogs that shape and run the modern world, and gave me some much needed historical perspective on regions that still create turmoil today (Eastern Europe, Middle East).
This book is an invaluable piece of education.
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