I remember when I was studying Greek and Roman Literature at University and our lecturers asked us if they should consider looking at any other works beyond the ones that we had studied and I immediately put my hand up and suggested a history such as Plutarch. My lecturer liked the idea of looking at a history but didn’t seem to be all that keen on my suggestion of author and instead suggested Tacitus. I immediately blew off Tacitus thinking that he was boring (and I had only just discovered Plutarch) however years later I picked a copy of his Annals of Imperial Rome from my shelf and gave it a read – and discovered that is was really good. It then went onto my ‘have already read’ bookshelf and promptly forgotten about. However, with the rise of social media, and in particular sites such as Goodreads and Booklikes, I decided that I would trawl through all of the books that I read and write a few thoughts on them along with the books that I was currently reading.
Mozambique – Scars of war To me, Mozambique was just another one of those markings that appear on Google Maps, however it wasn’t until Theroux mentioned… Read more “Dark Star Safari Part 3 – The Southern Reaches”
The term failed states was thrown around regularly by politicians in the lead up to the Iraq War: the term generally applying to those states that the… Read more “Dark Star Safari Part 2 – Into the Centre”
Sometimes, not often, but sometimes I will encounter a book that I simply cannot wait until I finish it before I start sharing my thoughts. Usually… Read more “Dark Star Safari Part 1 – The Dusty North”
A Brief History of Time Stephen Hawking 1988 – 9/10 Ever since I took up physics in year 11 I have had a love affair with the… Read more “11 Things I Learnt from Stephen Hawking”