NOTICE: (Updated March 5, 2010)

Beginning December 19, 2009, Books 'N Border Collies will be posting but only intermittently while I pursue personal goals. I plan to share some reading I'm doing, but there will be no reviews. I will, however, be sharing my exploration of vegetarian cooking and the cookbooks and websites I use to educate myself. I hope you enjoy it!

Lezlie



Saturday, June 21, 2008

A HISTORY OF THE WORLD IN 10 1/2 CHAPTERS

by Julian Barnes



Beginning with a story about what truly happened on Noah's Ark, A History of the World in 10 1/2 Chapters proceeds in a series of vignettes set in various times and places that all hark back to the Ark and cleverly question the current state of humanity.

That's my take on what it's about anyway. I'm guessing an English major would have a field day analyzing the daylights out of this book. I tend to soak up messages and just move on, but here I found myself flipping back to previous stories, rereading passages and mulling over connections and what I thought it all meant. Some stories moved me deeply, some went right over my head, but all were intriguing. This is a book I would love to come back to in the future.

As a side note, there is a great story in here about the wreck of the Medusa and an absorbing study of Gericault's painting, "The Raft of the Medusa". Now I'm dying to get to Arabella Edge's book, The God of Spring, which revolves around the painting of that masterpiece. So many books. . .

9 comments:

Andi said...

I almost read Barnes once (England, England) for a class, but I ended up not taking the class. I subsequently sold the book, but I'd LOVE to try this one! Thanks for a great review. This one is going on my wishlist.

Terri B. said...

"So many books" is right. I've had this book on my TBR shelf for years! I'm having to learn that I just will not ever get to read all of the books I want to read. Enjoyed your review.

BooksPlease said...

Unfortunately I have to agree with terri b - I'm never going to read all the books I want to, but this one is going on my tbr list - it sounds fascinating. I've read and enjoyed Arthur and George by Barnes and have just started Flaubert's Parrot.

Lezlie said...

Andi ~ I'll be reading more of him also. So many of them looked good!

Terri & Margaret ~ I hear you loud and clear. At the end of "History. . ." there is a story about heaven, and in one of the Heaven options, people sit around and read for eternity and discuss what they've read. As long as my dogs and cats can be there, too, that's where I want to go! :-)

L.

Kara said...

That's the option in heaven I would take too - sit around reading and discussing books!! This sounds like an intriguing book - this would be a new author for me.

Chain Reader said...

This sounds so interesting--I've never heard of the author or the book, but it sounds like something I would like.

Lezlie said...

Kara & Chain Reader ~ Let me know how you both like it if you read it. It is a thought provoking book!

Lezlie

Kristin Dodge said...

Now this sounds like something that I could really get into... thanks for the recommendation!

Lezlie said...

Kristin ~ I would *love* to see your thoughts on it! I'll be keeping my eyes peeled. . . :-)

Lezlie