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15
Jan

#AWW2019 Louise Mack

 

Quickscan:

  1. In 1914 when war broke out Louise Mack was in Belgium
  2. where she continued to work as the first woman
  3. war correspondent for the
  4. Evening News and the London Daily Mail.
  5. This book is her eye-witness
  6. …account of the German invasion of Antwerp.
  7. 28 September – 10 October 1914 (1 week and 5 days)

 

Conclusion:

  1. While I read to this book I had to think of
  2. …the difference between Marie Colvin (1956-2012)
  3. foreign affairs correspondent for the British newspaper
  4. The Sunday Times and Louise Mack (1870-1935).
  5. While the Zeppelin returns to attack Antwerp
  6. I read Louise Mack saying:
  7. “…I saw my powder puff. I saw my bag.”
  8. “…no slippers came under my fingers,
  9. and I wanted  slippers
  10. in case of going out into the streets.
  11. I must just accept that this book
  12. …was written more than 100 years ago.

Last thoughts:

  1. Weak point: choppy writing style.
  2. Strong point: The chapters 46-47 were of special
  3. interest for me (I live in Netherlands)
  4. They describe Louise Mack’s impression
  5. of the Dutch welcoming
  6. …Belgium refugees after the fall of Antwerp.
  7. Good eye-witness reporting.
  8. …but very outmoded.
4
Jan

#Non-fiction: The Age of Eisenhower

 

Did you know?

  1. Eisenhower agreed to give 400 million dollar
  2. to France to keep them fighting in Indo-China 1956.

 

  1. Eisenhower did not trust Nixon. Ike tried to ‘push’ off the ticket election
  2. 1956 by dangling a cabinet post in front of ‘Tricky Dick’.
  3. Nixon did not take the bait.

 

  1. Eisenhower suffered from a blood clot in his heart September 1956.
  2. What did Nixon do? He slipped out of his house through the back door
  3. to avoid the press.
  4. Nixon was scared to death ….he might have to lead the country!

 

Conclusion:

  1. These are some of the items that I did not know.
  2. This book reflected a man who remained
  3. a social conservative who was anxious about
  4. clashes b/t federal courts and local customs (civil rights movement).
  5. Eisenhower was not used to change
  6. ….wary of challenging hierarchy.
  7. Yet Eisenhower did manage
  8. to surpass his limitations  and supported
  9. The Civil Rights act 1957 and enforced court ordered
  10. …for desegragation in Little Rock Arkansas.
  11. which makes him a worthy president in my opinion.

 

Last thoughts:

  1. I thought America in the 1950’s would electrify me.
  2. Unfortunately, it was …to be the  fractious 1960’s
  3. with Nixon, Kennedy, LBJ  these were presidents that
  4. interested me more than  “I like IKE’.
  5. The book was interesting and informative.
  6. Eisenhower made many good calls in the White House
  7. …an ran a fundamentally honest administration.
  8. Ike was and remained a #GoodSoldier.
23
Dec

#AWW2018: Chloe Hooper “The Tall Man”

 

 

Introduction:

  1. This is the story of Palm Island, the tropical paradise
  2. …where one morning Cameron Doomadgee swore at a policeman
  3. ….and forty-five minutes later lay dead in a police cell.
  4. This is also the story of that policeman Christopher Hurley
  5. …and of the struggle to bring him to trial.

 

Conclusion:

  1. Chloe Hooper is asked to document
  2. ….the murder inquest that is about to begin.
  3. This book is a documentary with words.
  4. The author admits her ignorance about Palm Island  that
  5. could fill a book…and it did.
  6. Ms Hooper was curious if readers would feel the outrage
  7. about this terrible death.
  8. It takes place against a complicated backdrop
  9. ….that many people tended to look away from.
  10. Strong point: Ms Hooper uses factual language
  11. …to create emotion!
  12. Strong point: Clear and direct way of telling the human side of
  13. …the Doomadgee  case and its broader implications.
  14. Strong point: the book focuses on justice rather than crime.
  15. The narrative draws its power NOT from the human suffering
  16. …but from exposing the effects of decisions made around that suffering.
  17. #PageTurner

 

  • Trivia: …..look at this list of awards!
  1. Winner-  2009 NSW Premier’s Literary Awards – Douglas Stewart Prize
  2. Winner – 2009 Australian Book Industry Award – General Non-fiction
  3. Winner – 2009 Victorian Premier’s Literary Awards – Non-fiction
  4. Winner – 2009 The Indie Book of the Year Award – Non-fiction
  5. Winner – 2009 Queensland Premier’s Literary Prize
  6. Winner – 2009 Davitt Award – Best True Crime
  7. Winner – 2009 John Button Prize
  8. Winner – Victorian Premier’s Literary Award 2009
  9. Winner – 2009 Ned Kelly Award – Non-fiction
  10. Winner – 2008 Western Australia Premier’s Literary Awards – Book of the Year & Non-Fiction
22
Dec

#Non-fiction: Indonesia ect.

 

Conclusion:

  1. “Indonesia etc”….I know nothing about it.
  2. But Elizabeth Pisani’s book is the perfect place to start.
  3. She seamlessly blends her personal travelogue with fascinating facts
  4. about the most invisible country in the world.
  5. Indonesia occupies a unique place in among Asia’s major powers.
  6. The stronger Indonesia becomes, the more it could protect
  7. …other lands against China becoming THE dominant power in Asia.
  8. If it keeps its act together, will grow fast over the next few decades.
  9.  and become a serious strategic player in Asia in its own right.
  10. #InterestingRead

 

20
Dec

#AWW 2018: Anita Heiss

 

Finished: 20.12.2018
Genre: non-fiction
Rating: B+
#TBRNovember

 

Conclusion:

  1. All these stories are important.
  2. People are being  so open and
  3. …honest telling us
  4. what makes them be who they are.
  5. I took something from all these selections
  6. …but most of all I loved Marlee Silva.
  7. Her father used a great analogy
  8. …to explain to his young daughter
  9. what it means to be a product of two cultures.
  10. Her father poured two cups of black coffee
  11. …adds creamer to one of them.
  12. “..no matter how much milk you add: they’ll never not be coffee.”
  13. Marlee uses this image as a shield to this day.
  14. This book was an eye-opening education
  15. …for me about
  16. growing up Aboriginal in Australia.
  17. #MustRead
3
Dec

#Non-fiction: Moby Dick as Philosophy

 

Conclusion:

  1. The author’s goal:
  2. link Herman Melville’s Moby Dick
  3. with the philosophical insights of
  4. Socrates, Plato, Aristotle and Nietzsche.
  5. I was searching for enlightenment about
  6. philosophy vs Melville’s Mody Dick but
  7. felt more confused at the end of the book
  8. …than at the beginning.
  9. Writing style helps to establish an author’s unique perspective.
  10. It helps our understanding of how they tell their stories.
  11. I got no help from Mark Anderson.
  12. While dealing with the grandeur of philosophy 
  13. insignificant wording just isn’t going to cut it.
  14. Anderson’s elaborate word choice
  15. …combined with  complicated sentence structure
  16. made this complex book….even more of a challenge.
  17. It is no wonder after 50% I started to skim
  18. …for only information about Melville and left
  19. the author to go down other rabbit holes.
  20. I did not follow him!

 

Last thoughts:

  1. Mark Anderson’s flame that drives his passion for
  2. metaphysical speculation
  3. …felt like the fires of purgatory for me….a punishment.

 

27
Nov

#NonFicNov wk 5 Thanks for sharing your books!

 

Week 5: (Nov. 26 to 30) – New to My TBR (Katie @ Doing Dewey): It’s been a month full of amazing nonfiction books! Which ones have made it onto your TBR? Be sure to link back to the original blogger who posted about that book

 

  1. Here is my list of YOUR books….that I want to read (TBR).
  2. It’s important to read outside of your experience,
  3. outside of your time,
  4. outside of your comfort zones.
  5. That is the most important take-away  #NonFicNov!

 

  1. I’ve sifted through 73 posts and
  2. always found 2 books I’d like...
  3. …be it about:
  4. theatre, mental health, race, parenting and play, politics
  5. …memoir, foodie, travel, basic income, health issues, women’s rights
  6. …US First ladies, true crime (…not my comfort zone!)
  7. …essayism, perfect storms, tsunami’s, or inspirational books
  8. …like Educated, Tools of the Titans, In praise of Slow,
  9. …Daring Greatly
  10. …Living alone and Liking it and
  11. …C. Strayed’s Wild.

 

  • Thanks  to the readers for sharing your best non-fiction!
  • Thanks to hosts…
  1. Sarah at Sarah’s Book Shelves, 
  2. Katie at Doing Dewey
  3. Kim at Sophisticated Dorkiness,
  4. Julz at Julz Reads,
  5. Rennie at What’s Nonfiction
  6. #NonFicNov

 

Jade@ReadingWithJade

  1. Silence: In the Age of Noise by Erling Kagge
  2. One Woman Walks Wales by Ursula Martin

Kazan @AlwaysDoing

  1. Command and Contorl – E. Schlosser
  2. The Clothing of Books – J. Lahiri

Angela @LiteraryWanderer

  1. Astrophysics for People in a Hurry – N. deGrasse Tyson
  2. In Harms Way – D. Stanton

Kate @BooksAreMyFavoriteAndBest

  1. Eggshell Skull – Bri Lee
  2. My Salinger Year – J. Rakhoff

Julie @JulzReads

  1. Hell is S Green – Lt. W. Diebold
  2. The Unexpected Truth About Animals – L. Cooke

Allison @MindJoggle

  1. Prairie Fires – C. Fraser
  2. Unbroken – L. Hillenbrand

Rachel @Hibernator’sLibrary

  1. Killers of the Moon Flower – D. Grann
  2. Them – B. Sasse

Sue @WhisperingGums

  1. House of Grief – H. Garner
  2. Isaac’s Storm – E. Larson

Cathy @746Books

  1. The Empty Space – P.  Brook
  2. What is Theatre? – E. Bentley

Helen @SheReadsNovels

  1. A Tudor Christmas – A. Weir
  2. The Plantagenets – D. Jones

Debbie Rogers@ExUrbanis

  1. In Pursuit of  Memory – J. Jebelli
  2. The Paper Garden – M. Peacock

Emma @WordsAndPeace

  1. Democracy in Chains – N. MacLean
  2. Fear – B. Woodward

Tina @ TbrEtc

  1. Between the World and MeTa-Nehisi Coates
  2. I‘d Rather Be Reading – A. Bogel

Katherine @TheWriterlyReader

  1. NeuroTribes – S. Silberman
  2. Thunderstruck – E. Larson

Deb Nance @Readerbuzz

  1. Leonardo da Vinci – W. Isaacson
  2. The Nine: Inside the Secret World of The Supreme Court – J. Toobin

Ellie @CuriosityKilledTheBookworm

  1. The Idiot Brain – D. Burnett
  2. Born a Crime – T. Noah

Raidergirl3 @AnAdventureInReading

  1. I’ll Be Gone in the Dark – M. McNamara
  2. The Ghost Map – S. Johnson

Reese @Typings

  1. Narrative of the Life of Frederick Douglass – F. Douglass
  2. Essayism – B. Dillon

Rory @LiteraryMixtape

  1. Fire Season – P. Connors
  2. John Muir and the Ice That Started a fire

Margaret @BooksPlease

  1. Painting as a Pastime – W. Churchill
  2. Why We Sleep – M. Walker

Tara @Running ‘n’ Reading

  1. The Line Becomes a River – F. Cantú
  2. Educated – T. Westover

Brona @Brona’sBooks

  1. Ghosts of the Tsunami – R. Parry
  2. The Arsonist: A Mind on Fire – C. Hooper

Iliana @Bookgirl’s Nightstand

  1. How to Travel Without Seeing:  Dispatches New Latin America – A. Neuman/J.Lawrence
  2. Code Girls – L. Mundy

Sarah @Sarah’s Bookshelves

  1. I Am. I Am, I Am – M. O’Farrell
  2. Red Notice – B. Browder

Tina says @BooksAreMyThing

  1. The Newcomers – H. Thorpe
  2. Shoe Dog – P. Knight

Louise @AStrongBeliefInWicker

  1. The Art of Frugal Hedonism – A. Raser-Rowland
  2. The Art of Living Alone and Loving It – J. Mathews

Susie @NovelVisits

  1. From the Corner of the Oval – B. Dorey-Stein
  2. Forty Autumns – N. Willner

Rennie @What’sNonfiction?

  1. The Library Book – S. Orlean
  2. Home Cooking: A Writer in the Kitchen – L. Colwin

Andi @Estellasrevenge

  1. We Were Eight Years in Power – Ta-Nehisi Coates
  2. Eloquent Rage – B. Cooper

Paula @BookJotter

  1. Why Do  Birds Suddenly Disappear – L. Parikian
  2. Suffragette: The Battle for Equality – D. Roberts

Michael @InexhaustibleInvitations

  1. Hunger – R. Gay
  2. Hope in the Dark – R. Solnit

Nikimags @SecretLibraryBlog

  1. The Light in the Dark – H. Clare
  2. If They Only Didn’t Speak English – J. Sopel

Valorie Grace Hailinan @BooksCanSaveALife

  1. Great Tide Rising – K. Moore
  2. The Wilderness Warrior – D. Brinkley

Stacey @UnrulyReader

  1. Heating Cooling: 52 Micro Memoirs – B. Fennelly
  2. We’re Going to Need More Wine – G. Union

Maphead @Maphead’sBookblog

  1. Playing With Fire – L. O’ Donnell
  2. When They Come for Us We’ll be Gone – G. Beckerman

Melissa @I’dRatherBeAtPemberley

  1. War on Peace – Ronan Farrow
  2. So You Want to Talk About Race – I. Olou

B.I.P @BuriedInPrint

  1. 1491: New Revelations of the Americas before Columbus – C. Mann
  2. Bitter Chocolate: Investigating the Dark Side of the World’s Most Seductive Sweet – C Off

Dana @LittleLovelyBooks

  1. Sons and Soldiers – B. Henderson
  2. Never Caught – E. Dunbar

Lou @LouLouReads

  1. The Vaccine Race – M. Wadman
  2. The Radium Girls – K. Moore

JoAnn @LakesideMusing

  1. Waking Up White – D. Irving
  2. White Fragility – R. DiAngelo

Kelly @StackedBooks

  1. All You Can Ever Know – N. Chung
  2. A Dream Called Home – R. Grande

Eva @ThePaperbackPrincess

  1. The Blood of Emmett Till – T. Tyson
  2. Shrewed – E. Renzetti

Kay @WhatMeRead

  1. The Last White Rose – D. Seward
  2. (posted only 1 book)

Karen @BookerTalk

  1. Do No Harm – H. Marsh
  2. The Wicked Boy – K. Summerscale

Carrie @Other WomensStories

  1. Betty Ford – L. McCubbin
  2. Upstairs at the White House – J.B. West

Jean @HowlingFrog

  1. Danubia – S. Winder
  2. Meeting the Remarkable Manuscripts – C. de Hamel

Brandy @ReadingBeyond

  1. Factfulness – Hans Rosling
  2. Destiny of the Republic – C. Millard

Melissa @MelissaFirman

  1. When: The Scientific Secrets of Perfect Timing – D. Pink
  2. On Writing: A. Memoir of the Craft – S. King

Heather @BasedOnATrueStory

  1. Have Dog Will Travel – S. Kuusisto
  2. The New Farm – B. Preston

Amanda @GunInActOne

  1. A Higher Loyalty – James Comey
  2. Killing Pablo – M. Bowden

O @QuaintAndCuriousVolumes

  1. Virginia Woolf – M. Whitworth
  2. The Letters of Vriginia Woolf vol 1

Rita @BookishRita

  1. Eating Animals – J. Foer
  2. Sapiens: A Brief History of Humankind – Y. Harari

Katie @DoingDewey

  1. Black Ink – S. Stokes
  2. Bad Blood: Secrets and Lies in a Silicone Valley Startup – J. Carreyrou

Sue @BookByBook

  1. H is for Hawk – H. MacDonald
  2. Happiness is a Choice You Make – J. LeLand

Dee @Dee’sBookblog

  1. The Sun Does Shine – A. Hinton
  2. Bloodsworth – T. Junkin

Lisa @ANZLitLovers

  1. Letting Go – C. Corke
  2. 1947: When Now Begins – E. Åsbrink

Lance @SportsBookGuy

  1. I could not find a #NonFicNov post
  2. ….just a few of his sportbook reviews (..ho…hum)

Jaymi @OrangeCountyReaders

  1. Behind Enemy Lines – M. Cohn
  2. Ghost in the Wires – K. Mitnick

Sharlene @RealLifeReading

  1. The Diary of a Bookseller – S. Bythell
  2. (I read her other books!)

Beth @Bibliobeth

  1. Stiff: The Curious Lives of Human Cadavers – M. Roach
  2. Mapping the Mind – R. Carter

MaryR @BibliographicManifestations

  1. Reckless Daughter: A Portrait of Joni Mitchell – D. Yaffe
  2. Soul Food: The Suprising Story of Ameican Cuisine – A. Miller

Cathy @WhatCathyReadNext

  1. Darkest Hour: How Churchill Brought England Back from the Brink – A. McCarten
  2. Memory-Hold-The-Door – J. Buchan

Heather @Gofita’sPages

  1. These Truths: A History of the US (chunkster!) – Jill Lepore
  2. The Woman’s Hour: The Great Fight to Win the Vote – E. Weiss

Juliana @The[Blank]Garden

  1. A Secret Sisterhood – E. Midorikawa
  2. These Ghostly Archives: The Unearthing of Sylvia Plath – G. Crowther

Molly @SilverButtonBooks

  1. Grit – A. Duckworth
  2. 1000 Books to read Before You Die (2018) – J. Mustich

Lynn @Smoke&Mirrors

  1. The New Jim Crow – M. Alexander
  2. The Boys in the Boat – D.J. Brown

Hannah @TheCozyReadingNook

  1. Bringing Up Bébé – P. Druckerman
  2. Play: how it shapes the Brain – S. Brown jr.

Rebecca @BookishBeck

  1. The Book of Separation – T. Mirvis
  2. Memories of a Catholic Childhood – M. McCarthy

Katheleen @SMS NonfictionBookReviews

  1. There’s a Boy in Here – J. Barron
  2. Making Peace with Autism – S. Senator

Lory @TheEmeraldCity

  1. I Don’t Want to Talk About It – T. Real
  2. Shadow and Evil in Fairy Tales – M. von Franz

Joli @LiteraryQuicksand

  1. Educated – T. Westover
  2. (posted only 1 book)

Kim @SophisticatedDorkiness

  1. Yes We (Still) Can: Politics in the Age of Obama – D. Pfeiffer
  2. West Wingers – G. Raghavan

Vera @UnfilteredTales

  1. Tools of Titans – T. Ferris
  2. Daring Greatly – B. Brown

 

Reserve list:

  1. Just Mercy
  2. The Shallows: What the Internet is doing to our Brain
  3. American Radical
26
Nov

Best Australian Science Writing 2018

 

  1. Robyn Arianrhod –  Quantum Entanglement  “spooky action at a distance”
  2. Does quantum physics melt your brain?
  3. Don’t panic. You’re not alone.
  4. I’m still confused.

 

  1. Alicia SometimesKilonova   (review)
  2. stunning poem and I added a video to the review!

 

  1. Nick O’MalleyBureaucratic Bungle
  2. This reads like “fiction”….a who dunnit and why?
  3. Who destroys the memory of the plant?
  4. Would you burn the Mona Lisa?

 

  1. Michael LucyThe Entangled Web  – Micius Satellite
  2. Quantum entanglement —physics at its strangest—
  3. it seems this is a trendy subject!
  4. has moved out of this world and into space.
  5. Micius sends quantum particles to ground
  6. …stations separated by 1200 kilometers
  7. smashing the previous world record.
  8. The result is a stepping stone to a
  9. space-based ‘unhackable’ quantum internet!
  10. Michael Lucy uses simple example to explain complex quantum theory.
  11. Now I’m starting to understand the basics of entanglement…
  12. …there’s still hope for this less confused reader.
  13. Now: bits out of a computer
  14. Future: qubits  (..good word for scrabble)…out of a quantum computer!

 

Richard Guilliaat The Quantum Queen

  1. Quantum physicist Michelle Simmons (51 yr)  was
  2. …declared Australian of the Year 2018.
  3. If building a quantum computer is not enough…
  4. …she is also the mother of three children!
  5. This interview with Ms Simmons just made me so proud
  6. of women choosing science and
  7. ….family  and becoming the best!

Other favorites:

  1. Jo Chandler – Journalist of the year 2017 Walkley Awards
  2. Ms Chandler tells us about the last battle against polio
  3. Michael Slezak – Is Ian Cured?
  4. Andrew Leigh – Placebo effects and sham surgeries
  5. Peter Dockrill – seafaring trapdoor spiders
  6. Fiona McMillan – reveals secrets about Paris gutters (jick)!
  7. Ashley Hay – Leonie, zebra shark is world news!
  8. Liam Mannix – edible drugs from lettuce….that’s amazing!
  9. Elizabeth Finkel – Editor-in-chief Cosmos magazine
  10. In this book she reveals some bad science involving
  11. cannabis treatments!
  12. Ms. Finkel won QLD Premier’s Literary Award 2004  for her
  13. article about Stem cells.
  14. Rick Shine – Toad invasion…man the battle stations…
  15. science written with a flair for humor. #MustRead

 

Conclusion:

  1. This is a  treasure trove of topics!
  2. The essays and poems show us that
  3. …art and science feed off each other.
  4. I have given you a taste for what lies ahead
  5. in the rest of the book.
  6. Best Australian Science Writing 2018
  7. would be a great Christmas present
  8. …for that amateur scientist on your list!
  9. #EyeOpener

 

Last thoughts:

  1. I read the introduction to this anthology on the train.
  2. While walking home…
  3. I took Stephen Hawking’s advice:
  4. “Look up at the stars and not down at your feet!
23
Nov

#Non-fiction: Evicted: Poverty and Profit

 

Who is Matthew Desmond?

  1. Matthew Desmond is a sociologist and  Professor of the
  2. …Social Sciences at Harvard University.
  3. In 2015, Desmond was awarded a MacArthur  ‘Genius Grant’
  4. …because Desmond has shown  extraordinary
  5. ..originality and dedication in his creative pursuits.

 

What is the book about?

  1. Matthew Desmond centers on eight Milwaukee Wisconsion
  2. families faced with losing their homes.
  3. He analyzes how an increase in evictions has affected
  4. …residents of America’s poorest cities.
  5. In larger cities like Washington D.C. the wait for
  6. ….public housing was counted in decades.
  7. A mother of a young child who put her name on the list
  8. …might be a grandmother by the time her application was reviewed.
  9. How can this happen in one of the richest countries on earth?
  10. The book also give us the landlord’s point of view.
  11. Many landlords were fearful of renting to poor residents in these neighborhoods.
  12. Landlord Sherrena knew that it could be extremely profitable.

 

Conclusion:

  1. Arleen: she had 2 small children  Jafaris (5) and Jori (13).
  2. They had been evicted 3 x within 4 months.
  3. Arleen tried hard to make her livings quarters….a home.
  4. She did her best.
  5. Strong point:  Desmond does not only gives the reader a glimpse into
  6. …this side of life for many people
  7. ….he also suggests solutions for the problems.
  8. Arleen’s  favorite song was : Keep Ya Head Up.
  9. After I finished the book I sat and listened to
  10. 2PAC for the first time in my life.
  11. I followed the lyrics and listened.
  12. It is the essence of this book….’Keep Ya Head Up’.
  13. If you have the time…..
  14. …listen to the audio  4 min song.
  15. You won’t forget it.
  16. Poor black men were locked up (prison)
  17. …poor black women were locked out (evicted).

 

Last thoughts:

  1. My general feeling about the book?
  2. It was depressing…I was shocked how many people
  3. …struggle to keep a roof above their heads.
  4. Some people spend 80% monthly income on housing.
  5. What is left?

 

19
Nov

#NonFicNov week 4 Reads Like Fiction

  • Author: Carlo Levi (1902-1975)
  • Title: Christ Stopped at Eboli: The Story of a Year
  • Published: 1945   (275 pg)
  • Genre: memoir
  • Trivia: Matera (setting book)
  • Some of the scenes from Mel Gibson’s
  • …Passion of the Christ were filmed here.
  • List of Challenges 2018
  • Monthly plan
  • Non-Fiction Reading List
  • #NonFicNov

 

Week 4: (Nov. 19 to 23) – Reads Like Fiction (Rennie @ What’s Nonfiction): Nonfiction books often get praised for how they stack up to fiction. Does it matter to you whether nonfiction reads like a novel? If it does, what gives it that fiction-like feeling? Does it depend on the topic, the writing, the use of certain literary elements and techniques?

 

  • I have selected Christ Stopped at Eboli
  • …which is rarely seen on reading lists.
  • What gives this book it that fiction-like feeling?
  • Top-notch writing….absolutely breathtaking!

 

Introduction:

  1. Every Italian schooled in Italy has read
  2. …Carlo Levi’s book Christ Stopped at Eboli.
  3. Eboli is a town just south of Salerno in Southern Italy.
  4. Once you go south past Amalfi, you enter the REAL Italy.
  5. Carlo Levi was a doctor, a writer and painter who originally
  6. …lived in Turin in the northern province of Piedmont.
  7. He was an outspoken opponent to the creeping Fascism.
  8. Because he was not quiet about his beliefs,
  9. Levi was sent into exile for two years to a tiny southern Italian hill town
  10. …in the southern province of Lucania called Aliano.

 

Why was this book so important in 1940s?

  1. Levi’s writings went on to shed light on what was later called the Shame of Italy.
  2. The Shame of Italy was the fact that the
  3. …people of the nearby hill town of Matera lived in abject squalor.
  4. Levi’s book caused an uproar
  5. The people of Matera were moved out and into government built houses.
  6. They were provided food and medicine.

 

What does the title mean?

  1. Locals told Levi that Cristo si e Fermata A Eboli”.
  2. Christ stopped at Eboli, north of them and
  3. ….not even Christ himself had cared to come this far south.

 

Conclusion:

  1. This is an account of anti-fascist Carlo Levi’s exile
  2. 1935-1936 in the peasant village of Aliano.
  3. In the book the name is changed to Gagliano.
  4. Strong point: Top-notch quality writing.
  5. For example Carlo Levi describes Gagliano:
  6. “…I had a feeling of disgust for the clinging contact
  7. of the ridiculous spider web of their daily life
  8. …dust-covered skein of self-interest.”
  9. But at the end of the book Carlo Levi had difficulty leaving Gagliano.
  10. This book is a gem
  11. …but it has fallen between the cracks!
  12. It is on my list of  TOP-10 books of 2018!
  13. #MustRead….you will not be disappointed!

 

Carlo Levi