Maloka Studio Studio itibaren Sandy Beach, SK S0G, Kanada
The story of Alexander the Great's army's afghan campaign told from a solider's point of view. The tactics and strategies of the battles and the story of the clashing cultures that held Alexander's army there so long are well worth reading. But, the true life of the story is in the solider's experience of the land, privations, and challenges of army life on campaign. Parts read just like cherry-garrard's worst journey in the world's account of the antarctic marches the endured under Scott's expeditions. The solider's voice has a ring of honesty and realism to it that is sometimes missing from military historical fiction. Alexander is present in the story, but his character doesn't dominate or overwhelm. I could not put this down and looked forward to turning the next page during the entire read.
Sad but good. I know very little about Chinese footbinding, and even less about how it affected every day life, so the details of that life really sucked me in. Unique portrayal of female relationships and gender roles in China; I couldn't stop thinking about the families involved. Gripping if you want a glimpse of the heartbreak of Chinese women in the 19th century (I think).
A comprehensive yet approachable history of the Black Sea region and the intermingling of Greek, Turk, Tatar, and Rhos cultures there.