I was absolutely amazed that a theory of origin could so succinctly describe and explain the rationale for modern human behaviour. I am a born skeptic but, this work is very good. What a beautiful gift it was to learn from this book the true nature we hide from ourselves and by knowing, to gain power over it. Reading this book was an exercise in liberation. As some skeptics of evolution have said, "the truth will set you free" and so it does.
To make the information more readable and to explain his points, the author brings in stories from Darwin's life from his love for his wife to his devout faith in god. This does makes the book less academic and more personal. The narration was very well done and easy to listen to.
At this time in Europe, a woman was the Queen of England but, in the Mogul empire, women could not earn money or own property. They were nothing without their husbands and they were required to give them children. A husband was often chosen for them and sometimes they could not even see their husband before they married.
This is the story of the marriage of a common woman in Hindustan, the daughter of a Persian refugee, to the Mogul Emperor. She had dreamed of marrying him since she was a little girl and he was a prince. This educated common woman saw that the only way a woman could have freedom and be self sufficient was to be in the royal harem. She won the love of the emperor prince but the emperor (his father) had already promised her to a man she had never met. The importance of propriety and honor in society prevented their families from calling off the arranged marriage for something as unimportant as love.
This was a riveting story of unrequited love in a time where women had no power or influence. It is also a sad story of a woman who was too intelligent to simply fulfill the duties of wife to a man she did not love.
The most interesting thing about this book is that, although the intimate details of their lives are fictional, it is rooted in historical fact. You can get a glimpse of the splendor and beauty of the Mogul Empire. I am not sure if the dates given in the book are in the christian or islamic calendar but, you can roughly match the events to western events with which we are more familiar.
This sequel shines; it is as technologically plausible as the first book was and it was absolutely thrilling. The ending was fantastic and you are left with a proper sense of justice at the finish.
This book brings the story started in Daemon to a close but, somehow I still want to hear more about the daemon darknet.
This is a great story and has a good foundation which makes every part of the story plausible even if you are well studied in current technology. In fact, the more familiar you are with technology, the more you will probably like it. It covers technology, gaming, politics, social issues, secret spy stuff and hackers; what else can you possibly ask for?
This story is so captivating I had to grab the second book "Freedom TM" right away. I blew through it in a few days. Mr Suarez, we are going to need a third book please.
If you've run out of Vonnegut works to read and you are starving for more, check out this book. It has a lot of Kilgore Trout stories and much more from the mind of Vonnegut. He was a brilliant man and his ideas are worth reading, however this book is much more reminiscence than a story about a timequake. ting-a-ling
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