This book wasn’t a “history” at all, but an interesting look at the origin myth underlying the English identity.
Tag: Read the World Project
The Forest | England
These people instilled hardiness and hope in all who came after, giving England the strength to endure and survive all that it has.
Read the World & WWII Wrap-Up
I visited many countries. I lived thousands of years of history. I walked with peasants and kings, saints and tyrants.
Read the World Wrap-Up | Japan
Japan’s an interesting place with an interesting people who have taken and incorporated the best of Western society into their country.
The Tale of Genji | Japan
This book catches a glimpse of Japanese court life in the 11th century that we’d never see otherwise, a look at the morals and values of a culture so far removed from Western thought.
Kafka on the Shore | Japan
While there are undeniably elements about the otherworldly in this book, it’s based in nothing more or less magical than the human soul.
Read the World Wrap-Up | Russia
What I’ve really seen is that a country who doesn’t learn from her mistakes is bound to repeat them, and Russia seems to be on the verge of repeating them.
Doctor Zhivago | Russia
This book is one of those that needs to be read because the suffering of the people needs to be remembered. And although it ends sadly, there’s too much triumph of the soul for it to be sad.
The Bear and the Nightingale | Russia
This is one of those snow-tipped fairytales that feature in my winter dreams, effortlessly combining magic, history, and the northern reaches of Russia where the winters are long, the forests are primeval, and life is enchanted.
Read the World Wrap-Up | Poland
Poland is an embodiment of the indomitability of the human spirit.
Poland: A History | Poland
The Poles are a surprisingly resilient people, weathering adversity and powering through the storms of history.
The Doll | Poland
I didn’t see this book as a failure of the class system, I saw it as a triumph over it.