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Global History by Samir Amin
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Reading this book is like being blasted with a space rocket into earth orbit: the Egyptian economist Samir Amin juggles with geographical-cultural regions and with eras that last from 3 to 20 centuries as if it were child's play; he is a true exponen ...more
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The Rings of Saturn by W.G. Sebald
The Rings of Saturn
by W.G. Sebald
read in December, 2015
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Now, this makes me really angry: Sebald can write, for sure, and he knows how to create an enchanting atmosphere and to take his reader all the way with him; plus he draws from a huge arsenal of erudite – especially – historical narratives; but still ...more
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Manuel D'Histoire Globale by Chloé Maurel
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To my knowledge this is definitely the best introduction in French on Global/World/Big History, to date. I liked how this relatively new current in the study of history is situated in a broader context (within the social sciences, and with reference ...more
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Night Train to Lisbon by Pascal Mercier
Night Train to Lisbon
by Pascal Mercier
read in February, 2017
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I noticed that this book evokes very different reactions, from admiration to disgust, and oddly enough, this is also one of the themes of the book: how different the perception of people can be, especially about each other; close friends, partners, e ...more
Marc added a status update: Just saw I reached the number of 2.000 reviews, today. That may seem quite something (and I'm actually kind of proud of it), but how futile this number is in comparison to the number of works that are WORTH reading and are still waiting to be read? And also: it took me 40 years to reach this modest number! Instead of boasting about, I'd better stay humble and read on.
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Godfried Danneels by Jürgen Mettepenningen
Godfried Danneels
by Jürgen Mettepenningen
read in February, 2017
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Dit is een imposante biografie. In de eerste plaats als biografie: de auteurs hebben hun werk erg grondig gedaan, en leveren een heel gedetailleerd, maar toch leesbaar verhaal. Ik zou het ook evenwichtig noemen, dus volgens de regels van de kunst met ...more
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De stad der zienden by José Saramago
De stad der zienden
by José Saramago
read in February, 2017
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It is the wet dream of every anarchist: a society without government, without coercion and repression, where everything runs by itself, where everyone knows his place and does his duty. In this book Saramago outlines such a situation in an unnamed ca ...more
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Gilead by Marilynne Robinson
Gilead (Gilead, #1)
by Marilynne Robinson
read in January, 2017
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This is one of those novels that early on are a bit unruly and tedious. While reading you chew and you chew on it, and you feel that there's definitely something in it, but you can't put your finger on it. I have to admit that the book only around ha ...more
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Pnin by Vladimir Nabokov
Pnin
by Vladimir Nabokov
read in January, 2013
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A charming tragicomical story. A supposedly unknown author paints a beautiful portrait of Timofej Pavlovitjs Pnin, A Russian immigrant in the United States, lecturer at a small American university. Pnin is a very distracted man with an enormuous know ...more
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“I believe order is better than chaos, creation better than destruction. I prefer gentleness to violence, forgiveness to vendetta. On the whole I think that knowledge is preferable to ignorance, and I am sure that human sympathy is more valuable than ideology. I believe that in spite of the recent triumphs of science, men haven't changed much in the last two thousand years; and in consequence we must try to learn from history.”
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“TO BE HOPEFUL in bad times is not just foolishly romantic. It is based on the fact that human history is a history not only of cruelty, but also of compassion, sacrifice, courage, kindness.
What we choose to emphasize in this complex history will determine our lives. If we see only the worst, it destroys our capacity to do something. If we remember those times and places—and there are so many—where people have behaved magnificently, this gives us the energy to act, and at least the possibility of sending this spinning top of a world in a different direction.
And if we do act, in however small a way, we don’t have to wait for some grand utopian future. The future is an infinite succession of presents, and to live now as we think human beings should live, in defiance of all that is bad around us, is itself a marvelous victory.”
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