Pacific Grove, CA | Member Since 2012
Occasionally, I throw in some fiction in my long line of history/biographies. I'm never disappointed. Characters are fully developed in this story of a woman who reached her goal of Harvard professor only to give it up to raise her sister's orphaned children. After they're grown, they are all still bound together by the old Cleveland manse that everyone grew up in, but can't let go of.
Saint Petersburg's founding
There's too much to digest.
Massie takes the time to fully introduce the peers of Peter The Great along with their countries and how interconnected they were. I never knew how powerful Sweden was or how influential Dutch merchants were. I wanted to delve into Russian history and now my favorite European historical figure is Peter because he was tireless in his effort to make his country a leader in trade, navy, and power. His curiosity in how everything worked was refreshing.
Rethinking linguistic roots
Chaucer was resurrected for me because of his genius with the language and his ingenious, natural rhyming. I just had to listen to The Canterbury Tales right afterward!
He made old English sound alive and current. And important.
Affirmed my conviction that I should have been a Linguistics major :)
Too many books in the world I have to get to!
Both instances when the characters are in the "bowels" of Siena were nerve-racking, but thrilling. My dreams that night had me in the caves under Carmel!
Narrator's Italian is lyrical to the ear. All her male characters sound identical, however.
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