I am not usually a short story collection fan, but this anthology was better than I was expecting. I think the stories were well-selected and tended to be more along the lines of the novels that I enjoy (19th and early 20th century). It was my first introduction to D.H. Lawrence which I enjoyed. I ended up liking the narrator more that I expected as well. I am glad that I chose this title and if you are looking for something thought provoking but with multiple story lines, this is a good option.
I did not know anything about this book other than I had heard the name. I was pleasantly surprised by the story, fascinated by the narrative and interested by the author's approach to logical dilemas. Toward the end, the story was slightly slow but interesting nonetheless. It is mostly a war narrative with some interesting characters and an underlying mystery. Perhaps not recomended for those not interested in learning more about the French Foreign Legion or reading about battles. But even in that case, the issues the characters dealt with were more about the decision making process than the fighting.
I thought the book was excellent. I would have given it 4.5 if possible. I reserve 5 stars for something really spectacular but I cannot think of anything negative to say about this book. This book fulfilled my expecations precisely. It was well organized and well-read. If your are looking for an overview for Greek history, covering policial, social, religious and military aspects, this is perfect. I will certainly listen to volume 2 and then I will move on to the auhor's History of Rome books.
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