Selected references on native American culture: Prepared for Native American History and Culture
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This said, I feel the author is trying to make us think about the way history is told, percieved and perhaps created.
If you fancy somehting engaging and different, you could do a lot worse than this book.
Barnes felt he had found a substantial vehicle in Braithwaite and considered having him write a guide to the bible - an acerbic, agnostic travelogue through its pages. Instead, he developed "A History of the World in 10½ Chapters", beginning with the conceit of seeing history as re-beginning with Noah's Ark.
Barnes' first chapter presents the unexpurgated story of the Ark. How could one small ship have carried the Earth's vast variety of animal life? He has Noah as admiral of a flotilla of ships. The bible, here, is propaganda, fudging the truth in favour of a good story. He creates a paradigm for historical enquiry: all history is partial, is told from a particular perspective; all history involves editing out what the historian sees as chaff; if the bible doesn't give you the whole story, who can you believe. History, then, is a perspective, never a fundamentalist truth.
History, of course, is written by the victors, is written from the perspective of those with the power to claim that their vision of the truth is the only coherent, logical one. While the image of all formal world histories is that the author has encapsulated the truth of human life, Barnes presents history as a personal interpretation. His history of the Ark is written from the perspective of the powerless. It is the voice of the dispossessed, made no less emphatic by its fictional form.Read more ›
I bought the kindle edition as an experiment to see about reading ebooks on holiday. My dissatisfaction is about the editing of the book. It appeared to have been scanned but not spell checked or proofed. So often 'I' was replaced by '/'. Many of the errors would have been picked up by a spell checker others I would guess would be common misprints from scanning that could be systematically identified. I had the paperback from many years back and checking when I came back confirmed that it contained a reproduction of the Gericault 'Raft of the Medusa' as an illustration. It was a pity that the ebook omitted this.
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