The Guns of August by Barbara Tuchman, non-fiction. I’d heard about and read about this book for years, perhaps decades, so I thought it finally time to read it. I’d read a book or two about the Civil War not long ago, and thought a jump forward to WWI might do.
What I found was an extremely densely packed book so full of dates, facts, names and places that it was nearly overwhelming. It’s hard for me to evaluate Tuckman’s much-praised writing, what there is of it inserted between the avalanche of facts on every page. I suppose this just wasn’t the type of history I wanted, as Guns of August could well be a textbook instead of pleasure reading. I’m glad there wasn’t a test, because I didn’t finish the book.
The Happy Birthday Murder by Lee Harris, mystery. All you need to do is go back a post or two to see my review of this one for Forgotten Books on October 26. I need not say more, except to say again this isn’t an author or series I much cared for.
How about you?
What have you been reading lately?