For my daughter's World Literature class, and looks fascinating.. I don't know if her class will be having a lecture on Egypt to help with all the relFor my daughter's World Literature class, and looks fascinating.. I don't know if her class will be having a lecture on Egypt to help with all the related context, but if anyone has any books they'd recommend for my reading to help fill in the gaps, I'd be grateful. Thanks!...more
My daughter will be assigned readings from this in her history class this year. Sounds fascinating! Oddly (or not so), the teacher mentioned the kidsMy daughter will be assigned readings from this in her history class this year. Sounds fascinating! Oddly (or not so), the teacher mentioned the kids often don't like it much. Yet they'll know it's there as they get older and wiser, and they can return and appreciate it later (certainly most do). (perhaps).
The especially interesting thing about this is that it approaches these events and this period from an epistemological perspective. That is, it's all about what people thought they knew, why they thought they knew, what the differences were people the truth and what people thought they knew, the processes controlling the misinformation, etc.. And, in a nutshell, Brendon says in the intro that this period (the 30's) was marked in the vast disinformation spread and consumed, in the lack of truth actually possessed by most people, etc..
Relevance to today with the tactics in use still by many is profound.
On Hitler, speaking, early on in his quest for power (1922-1923 or so): "As Otto Strasser said, 'His words go like an arrow to their target, he touches each private wound on the raw, liberating the unconscious, exposing its innermost aspirations, telling it what it most wants to hear.'"
By the way: Marx really said 'Peasants are like potatoes in a sack.'?????
I finished it!! I finished it!! I finished it!! Woo-hooooo!!!! Yes, this is one of *those* books, when turning the last page is immensely satisfying. And also among the least satisfying, because there was so much there that I didn't get. So many words I'd honestly never heard of before, and references to things that I was oblivious to. Since I don't know what all the references were to, I can't be sure, but it seems one would need to be familiar with European & East Asian history from about 1850 forward, plus all the literature of those regions in that period as well. And then a smattering of ancient greek and roman times wouldn't hurt either. Despite that though, it was very informative. I especially liked towards the end when Piers would describe what this or that person believed, and then how totally, profoundly wrong they were. The primary example being Stalin, when he signed the pact with Hitler. Both this book and my companion text 'Concise Atlas of World History' stress that Russia lost more in resources and people than any other country. There is definitely a psychological thread that runs through this - specific cases of people knowing something, and maintaining denial of it enthusiastically, wishful thinking, manipulation, constructions of reality, etc.. Six weeks is all the time it took Hitler to take over France? Wow, no Verdun that time .. I've totally to read up on WWII itself again. The weirdest thing for me about this- hardly any mention of the Jewish people. Sure, there were brief descriptions of a few of the main points. But amazingly little, considering. And from my personal interest in India, I paid attention to all mentions of it. There were more than enough to be indexed, seems to me (but India wasn't), and unfortunately all did speak to a certain English chauvinism which I guess shouldn't surprise me. Highly recommend! ...more
Having seen multiple films lately about the WTO Seattle event, and remembering the 00 election - so affected by Nader - and then of course living throHaving seen multiple films lately about the WTO Seattle event, and remembering the 00 election - so affected by Nader - and then of course living through everything since as well, I'm really interested in learning what those who have been fully involved in these efforts throughout this time are thinking since the Iraq occupation and everything else.. Seems like the whole context has changed hugely now atleast 3 times since Seattle (9/11, Iraq, Global Recession) and so am wondering what the progression has been like for those much more involved that I....more
Kim was one of those really really hard books I tried to read as a teenager, and unlike 'Zen and the Art of MM', I never succeeded. It was simply tooKim was one of those really really hard books I tried to read as a teenager, and unlike 'Zen and the Art of MM', I never succeeded. It was simply too densely packed and had too much unknown vocabulary, and a whole flavor and set of contexts I was unfamiliar with. Now I know a bit more about India, and tried to recently skim it a little, and am instead (and/or again) annoyed by his attitude, the way I perceive it anyway.
This book looks like it could be the perfect thing for me! Someone saying, ok Claire, in this Chapter, he's talking about this part of India, and this or that happening, and this is what he's referring to here. Sounds excellent!
With this I would read it once, then read it again with Kim (probably in short bits), just to gain that awareness (even though lots of it bothers me). And go on with my life accordingly.....more
Sounds fascinating! I've always been relatively disconcerted by my ignorance of Cuba, with both its close (and highly negative) relationship to the USSounds fascinating! I've always been relatively disconcerted by my ignorance of Cuba, with both its close (and highly negative) relationship to the US and physical proximity. Also am always interested to read of the mistakes of folks who look like me, to continue learning how to be part of the solution instead of the problem....more
Really enjoyed this, was just perfect for me at the moment! I tend to like writing with lots of detail, more often than not, and this had that in a waReally enjoyed this, was just perfect for me at the moment! I tend to like writing with lots of detail, more often than not, and this had that in a way that totally fit for me. Also great characterizations, interesting plot, a current story and lots of historical context filled in slowly in a way that really worked for me. It's also very visual, and I really liked that. I liked the map, I was visualizing scenes much more distinctly than I usually do while reading. If this sort of content often works for you as well, I'd highly recommend it! -------- Layers are one of the main thing I love about this book. There are layers of snow falling over everything on the small island of San Piedro, just east of Washington State, where this story is set. And this story is nominally about a murder trial, but that is only the most superficial layer. It is actually about what is involved in being human and having experiences and being shaped by those experiences.
How much can a person resist the effects of what happens to them, and how much is the impact of life on each person out of our control?
Race identity and race consciousness are the main vehicle for exploration of these questions.
Set in 1954, this story includes information about two main sets of people on this island - the white population and the Japanese population. Through extensive narrative on the past - mainly through the eyes of Ishmael Chambers, the one-armed newspaper man - we see the macro life of the island move forward over the decades. And we see in particular detail the period around the bombing of Pearl Harbor - which prompted an amount of hysteria against the Japanese community. The result of that hysteria was the internment of that population - that entire population, from this island - for a period. Which is something I hadn’t known too much about, was great to learn more. And then this novel’s main storyline - about a purchase of property by a Japanese family from a white family which was nearly concluded at the time of internment - is a personal layer woven into that historical reality.
The murder trial going on is that of Kabuo Miyamoto, who was the son of the man buying the property in question. He is accused of killing Carl Heine, the son of the man about the complete the sale when the internment took place. Carl was found dead on his fishing boat, and evidence (and racism) quickly directed attention to Kabuo. Kabuo is married to Hatsue, a woman of striking beauty. Hatsue and Ishmael had been close childhood friends, and were just at the threshold of becoming sexual when the internment took place. Ishmael remained completely enraptured with Hatsue yet to the current time, and plays a pivotal role in the trial as an outcome of that love.
Betrayal, jealousy, passion, racism, and other human intensities are woven into this community’s life on this small island that is built on fishing and tightly-wound relationships. I adore the details at the various levels - from the actual battlefield experiences of Ishmael in Japan to the internment camp to the fishing boats to the trial to the minute effects of the huge snowstorm that hits the island during the trial to the intimate human interaction details. And great enveloping read! ...more
Just watched 'the Take,' awesome work on a really exciting set of happenings: the rebuilding of Argentina by the workers via 'recovered' factories, afJust watched 'the Take,' awesome work on a really exciting set of happenings: the rebuilding of Argentina by the workers via 'recovered' factories, after its collapse due to globalization. Must read this! This is written by one of the guys on the crew for the film. They taped 200 hours worth of footage. Amazing. Must also truly actually read shock doctrine now. I didn't realize watching the film that it was Naomi Klein, that that was her throughout it all. So, that's that, now....more
Labor struggles? I'm there. Sounds like lots of parallels between then and now, as well. In terms of US being between its past and its future; as wellLabor struggles? I'm there. Sounds like lots of parallels between then and now, as well. In terms of US being between its past and its future; as well as the political manipulations and fear-mongering. Fascinating!...more
I think I read this in High School, in fact I think it was one of the things of that set that I liked the most (not necessarily saying a lot). Anyhoo,I think I read this in High School, in fact I think it was one of the things of that set that I liked the most (not necessarily saying a lot). Anyhoo, how it's on a list of books for my daughter to choose from, so reacquainting (and perhaps re-reading) myself.
So, this bull-headed Norwegian (my blood of there is like, yeah? So?) has a theory that everyone disbelieves, and seeks to prove it through action which everyone believes is deadly. He gets 5 guys to join him, and amazing (true!) adventures ensue. 1946. The wide sea, water, wind, sea creatures galore - and a raft. Wild!...more