Those of you who have been following along (bonus points if you were here during the LJ days), know that I have a thing for list books. I’ve been watching the 1001 Movies You Must Watch Before You Die (latest installment here) in order, and then someone gifted me the book 1001 Days that Shaped the World.
Now, I can’t really take the same approach as with the movies until my time machine gets back out of the shop. They say it will be ready next week, but they’ve been saying that since November of the year 2472, so not sure whether to believe them anymore*.
So instead of living each of the days listed, I had to settle for another unorthodox way of enjoying this book: reading each entry in the order they printed it–which is to say reading the book cover to cover.
Now these aren’t really books that are best enjoyed by reading it that way. These books are probably the ultimate bucket-list creators and dippers. By dippers, I am referring to those books you dip into (hence the name) whenever you need to recall a particular fact or event.
What I particularly enjoy about this one is that the author, Peter Furtado, doesn’t let his politics shape the book. A real risk in this kind of volume is to make evident one’s own leanings by removing events that don’t align with your political bent. In reading this one, it’s impossible to know whether the author leans left, right or believes that unicorns are evil. And that is wonderful in this day and age, especially in a book that would have been utterly ruined and rendered meaningless if someone’s politics had been involved. His professionalism as a curator is hugely beneficial (protip: if you’re running a book, an event or anything else that isn’t specifically political–or which doesn’t have big yellow disclaimers about the content–and your politics show, that is unprofessional).
So I enjoyed this one, learned a huge amount, and recommend to all of you on either side of the spectrum.
I like these books a lot.
Gustavo Bondoni is an Argentine writer. His novel Outside tells of really important events that happened a few hundred years from today. If you don’t have a time machine, you may want to buy it here.
*Did you see what I did there?