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Devac  ·  318 days ago  ·  link  ·    ·  parent  ·  post: 'bl00's Reviews #11: "The Story of Civilization" by Will and Ariel Durant

Apologies in advance if I'm even less coherent than usual. It has been an exhausting week and I'm writing this while riding on an overloaded train.

Would you recommend the book to someone who still overcomes his attitude to the high school history*? I had no problems with Plutarch's Parallel Lives and it's, in general, a pretty tall order for a book to bore me up to a point where I will just stop reading it altogether, but aside from a few cultures and periods in history that whole discipline is a tricky subject for me. With the history of Poland/Europe being my main focus in school, I'm undecided if I want to jump back into it.

Perhaps to rephrase it: in your opinion, should I change my attitude before reading or is there a good chance it will get me interested as I read? Your review and often mentions of the books you made throughout the year are close to selling it to me, I'm simply uncertain if I could appreciate it as I am now.

*) Lots of dates, facts that will never come up unless you compete in a trivia show but must be memorised regardless, even more dates, a bunch of names which sound too similar on purpose. I really hope that it's a much more interesting subject than that, same goes for mathematics after all. Tedium in high school, abstract goodies at the uni.