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The Promethean Legacy: Harari’s Sapiens

Harari. Yuval Noah. Sapiens. A Brief History of Human Kind. [Kinneret 2011] Trans. Yuval Noah Harari. Toronto: Signal-McClelland & Stewart, 2014. Whether you are optimistic or pessimistic about the future of the planet and of the survival of humankind upon it, … Continue reading

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An Unfinished Journey: Colson Whitehead’s The Underground Railroad

Whitehead, Colson. The Underground Railroad. Toronto: Doubleday, 2016. This is an extremely disturbing novel for several reasons. First is its subject matter and second is what Whitehead does with his story. The Underground Railroad is more than merely the tale of one … Continue reading

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Confronting the Cosmic Drama: Keith Thomas’ Religion and the Decline of Magic

Thomas, Keith. Religion and the Decline of Magic: Studies in Popular Beliefs in Sixteenth- and Seventeenth-Century England. Weidenfeld and Nelson, 1971. Harmondsworth, Middx.: Penguin 1973. I started a very leisurely progress through this book early last fall. A friend lent it to … Continue reading

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Navigating the Past: Cathy Converse’s Following the Curve of Time

Converse, Cathy. Following the Curve of Time: The Legendary M. Wylie Blanchet. Victoria: Touch Wood Editions, 2008. I was perhaps at something of a disadvantage when I began to read this book; I have not read M. Wylie Blanchet’s The … Continue reading

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Far Beyond Daffodils: James Rebanks’ The Shepherd’s Life

Rebanks, James. The Shepherd’s Life: A Tale of the Lake District. London: Allen Lane- Penguin, 2015. What is your image of the shepherd? Of the Lake District? I suspect that many of our responses to the Lake District have been primed … Continue reading

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To Orléans and Beyond: Nancy Goldstone’s The Maid and the Queen

Goldstone, Nancy. The Maid and the Queen: The Secret History of Joan of Arc. Toronto: Penguin Canada, 2012. My last post covered a book about the people intensely concerned with bringing an end to the Second World War. This post … Continue reading

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Beyond Silence: Sinclair McKay’s The Secret Lives of Codebreakers: The Men and women Who Cracked the Enigma Code at Bletchley Park

McKay, Sinclair. The Secret Lives of Codebreakers: The Men and Women Who Cracked the Enigma Code at Bletchley Park [The Secret Life of Bletchley Park. London: Aurum 2010] New York: Penguin-Plume, 2012. Now, if one says the word “Bletchley,” most … Continue reading

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