Friday, November 09, 2012

Books are a finer world within the world. 

Buildings. Murray Street, Hobart. October 2012.

The Basque History of the World, Mark Kurlansky. Entertaining history of a fascinating people. Bonus points for the recipes! B.

Barbed Wire: A History, Olivier Razac. A political and cultural history of barbed wire. Razac focuses on focuses on the use of barbed wire in three crucial aspects of modern history: by American ranchers during the mid/late 1800s to both parcel up land for private use and end the roaming ways of Native Americans; as an effective killer in the defensive stalemates of World War One; and lastly that of the concentration camps of World War Two. Quite French, but don't hold that against it... B.

The Invisible Man, H.G. Wells. An exciting little tale of an insane anti-hero that becomes increasingly pathetic. Staring with a slight comic start, it shifts into a darker, more subtle satire. Excellent stuff. B+.

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