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An Interesting Read
on 11 September 2017
There are some bad reviews for this book, but if you look it is possible that some did not understand what this book is, so to make it clear this is a series of essays/reviews that have been published before in the London Review of Books, the New York Review of Books and the Times Literary Supplement. It is likely then that you have read some of these before, but probably not all of them.
There is an active table of contents so it is easy to find something, some pictures and prints that do show up perfectly okay on a standard kindle e-reader, but obviously for instance on a tablet device you can enlarge if you so desire. Of course, as you would expect with something like this you also have a bibliography, index and so on.
Mary Beard with her usual insight gives us here a very interesting book, reminding us what we know and do not know about certain events in the past. With certain biographies, she shows us where things have been made up to fill in blank in life histories. Indeed, I have read some really good biographies over the years as well as some quite bad ones, as I am sure we all have.
With numerous articles on books, the Classics and antiquity this has a lot in its pages to make you ponder and think, including an article on Asterix, which I had never read before. In all then this makes for a very good and interesting read, but please think before you buy this as obviously for a lot of people you probably have no interest in the subject, although so saying the history and the original books from the Greek and Roman period do still have a bearing on our lives.