Libraries full of books have been, and could yet still be, written about the human and cultural devastation left behind following wars. Far fewer are available that take up the subject of the scars they leave upon the environment – and of these, only one, the just released “The Long Shadows; A Global Environmental History of the Second World War,” focuses exclusively on the global environmental effects of the largest war the world has yet seen.
Ever since I read her brilliant book “Stiff; the Curious Lives of Human Cadavers” (on a trans-U.S. airplane flight, no less – talk about making one’s fellow seat mates uncomfortable!) I have delighted in her ability to take a range of topics that most people would think to be somewhere between uncomfortable (“Gulp”) and unmentionable (“Bonk”), and turn them into lively, eye-opening books.
For the first review to be published in my new “all sorts” blog, I’ve chosen Stig Dagerman’s eye-opening as well as discomfiting collection of reports from post-World War II Germany titled German Autumn.
Thus far in my reading the St. John’s list, each book I have so far read – Homer’s Iliad and Odyssey, the Oresteia and Prometheus Bound of Aeschylus, and the Theban plays, Philoctetes, and Ajax of Sophocles – has been one that I have already previously read at least once. The next book on the […]