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Ian Ian said: "This book is similar to Cannibals and Kings in that it takes a broad look at much of human history. But in this text, made up of about sixty short chapters, Harris tries to teach his reader everything he knows about the development of homo sapiens -...more "

 

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Ian rated a book 5 of 5 stars
The Book of Laughter and Forgetting by Milan Kundera
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It has been a long time since I read this book, so when I recommended it this spring to a student I didn't think much of it. Then she quoted it in her valedictorian's speech. And then a friend of mine read it, and reminded me that it is brilliantly a...more
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The Autumn Of The Patriarch by Gabriel Garcí­a Márquez
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It took Garcia seven years to write this book. Seven years. I guess that's how long it takes to make sure fifty-page chapters are turned into one paragraph and as few sentences as possible. But the effect is to make the entire book run together and m...more
Ian rated a book 5 of 5 stars
Chronicle of a Death Foretold by Gabriel Garcí­a Márquez
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I own about 70 copies of illegally-photocopied versions of this book so I can use it with my students in class. And unlike most books I teach, I read this one every year.

Why? 'Cuz it's an unbelievable text.

I firmly believe that Santiago Nasar is one...more
Ian rated a book 3 of 5 stars
Love in the Time of Cholera by Gabriel Garcí­a Márquez
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I didn't love this book. I liked it, and most of the time that I was reading it, I was glad to be doing so. But having read many of his other grittier within the year or two of opening this book, I just thought it didn't compare well.

Like Melancholy...more
Ian rated a book 5 of 5 stars
One Hundred Years of Solitude by Gabriel Garcí­a Márquez
One Hundred Years of Solitude
by Gabriel Garcí­a Márquez
recommended for: anyone
read in May, 2003
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I love the biblical quality of this book. It's mythology and it's humor and it's religion and it's fiction. It's everything while also being somewhat historical. Great stuff.

I read once where Garcia said something like "I just believe in a time when...more
Ian rated a book 5 of 5 stars
1491 by Charles C. Mann
1491: New Revelations of the Americas Before Columbus
by Charles C. Mann
recommended for: anyone
read in January, 2006
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Mann is not a historian, but rather is a journalist. And for that reason, this book does read like a history text (like Guns, Germs, and Steel). But it is exceptionally researched and fantastic.

Mann describes North and South America in a way that tra...more
Ian rated a book 5 of 5 stars
Guns, Germs, and Steel by Jared Diamond
Guns, Germs, and Steel: The Fates of Human Societies
by Jared Diamond
recommended for: anyone
read in January, 2004
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This book was a life-changing book for me. I think I read it for the first time right when I needed to: I was ready to start wondering about many of the things I accept as "given" or "the way" without wondering "why" or "how." Diamond writes this his...more
Ian rated a book 4 of 5 stars
Cannibals and Kings by Marvin Harris
Cannibals and Kings: Origins of Cultures
by Marvin Harris
recommended for: anyone
read in February, 2005
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Marvin Harris provides a quick survey of world history in this book. He tries to explain human's cultural development from early times and hunter-gatherers all the way to today's contemporary cultural practices. He attempts to show the parallels betw...more
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Cows, Pigs, Wars, and Witches by Marvin Harris
Cows, Pigs, Wars, and Witches: The Riddles of Culture
by Marvin Harris
recommended for: Anyone willing to question the world
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At the end of the book, Harris writes that he likes to "de-mystify the world's mysteries," and that is precisely what he sets out to do and what I love about this book.

While other books by Harris might be more educational on a "world history" scale,...more
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