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14 May 2013


I was looking forward to this book and, like you, I ended up skimming it. The author certainly gives lots meteorologic details so I skipped that part (having only taken Meteorology 101 and that was enough). The Maclean's article was great - I'm going to email it to my mom, whose ancestors (and mine) were part of that New England migration to the U.S.

Yes, I just had in mind it would be "catchier," for some reason...I didn't mind the meteorologic detail, but I just didn't think the rest of the narrative was all that arresting, for some reason.
Yes, I love Maclean's. Yet another reason I dream of being Canadian when I grow up...hope your parents like the article too!

I love history books, so this gave me a sadface.

But I'm like that librarian who, when someone says "I don't like vampire books" always wants to say, "But you'll love THIS vampire book, I promise!"

With that and mind, and judging by your reviews, have you tried John Julius Norwich's THE MIDDLE SEA or HISTORY OF VENICE? They're not my favorite of his works (that would be his three volume history of Byzantium, which is a bit daunting, I confess) but both are great reads.

His books remind me a lot of Edward Rutherfurd's novels: huge sweeping sagas provide an exquisite sense of place, but focus on the
stories of individual people -- ridiculous and cruel and magnificent, funny, and always very human.

Besides, his prose is so graceful and he wears his erudition lightly.

Oooh, Hapax, a history reader! Suggestions for good, readable history please. (I've believe I've tried The Middle Sea but did not have time for it--I will try it again.) Never read Rutherfurd either; also a time issue.

Sorry I wasn't able to heartily recommend this one.

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