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Selected references on native American culture: Prepared for Native American History and Culture

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  • Unknown Binding
  • Publisher: s.n.] (1991)
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B0006DGPCI
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (68 customer reviews)

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Format: Paperback
What a great read! Original and quirky without the irritation of pretension. This novel manages to make you think about history and how it is presented apparently without effort (though I'm not at all sure it is without intention)yet avoids becoming too heavy or bogged down simply by changing the subject every chapter. Starting with story of Noah as never before seen and working his forward gives the author ample scope for choice which he deftly uses to gives us tales of a biblical, historical and personal nature apparently as the whim took him, their only connecting feature being repeated references to the ark, and curiously, to woodworm.
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.
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I was determined to hate this book. Being forced to read it for A Level has condemned many other books, but Julian Barnes caught me out. This is a truly remarkable novel and one which will get you thinking about yourself and the people around you. It mixes iconaclasm and irony to perfection. I defy anyone to dislike the modren day classic!
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I thoroughly enjoyed this book as Barnes was not afraid to tackle controversial issues and did so in such a way you couldn't help but share his views. I have never known a writer to seriously look at how we treat animals (chap 3) and it pleased me that not eveyone saw them as just here for our own benefit. Out of the whole book, my favourite "chapter" has to be the half chapter, the parenthesis. It was so beautifully written, Barnes actually achieved with prose what he clamied was impossible. He wrote perfect "love prose" that stirred me to tears and smiles with each word. And for once it seems we see Barnes without his many masks! I recommend you read this book at once because it will frustrate, warm and educate you, make you realise things about yourself and others and see the history of the world in a whole new light. A MUST! It certainly changed my life.
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Julian Barnes is a former lexicographer and journalist whose novels have earned that most elusive cachet - critical acclaim from both the English and French side of the Channel. His 1984 work, "Flaubert's Parrot", is part travelogue, part literary criticism: its narrator, Geoffrey Braithwaite, journeys through France and his own autobiographical detail, painting a novel in a pastiche of narrative forms.
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.
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This is a very entertaining read. It's essentially a collection of short stories linked by a common theme. I enjoyed some 'chapters' better than others, but they are all definitely worth a read. Many of them are witty and most are really thought-provoking.
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This is a review of the Kindle edition of Julian Barnes' book. The book itself I would give 4 stars.

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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We all take history to be factual; well, I did anyway! Then I grew up a bit, and realised that there are two sides to every story. Julian Barnes cleverly presents a third viewpoint - one that might have happened, set in a brilliantly quirky and yet astonishingly believable perspective. I was so taken with the chapter on the Wreck of the Medusa, I went to visit the actual painting in the Louve, Paris, and marvelled at how Barnes had come up with his version of events. Well worth a read. In fact, read it two or three times!
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