Now why this sudden talk of history, you would wonder. It all started when a blogger friend requested me to get two books from Belfast, out of which one was It all started with Europa by Richard Armour. Just flipping pages to browse through, I found myself reading from cover to cover. What a way to record history! If only I had been taught history this way, I would have never got caning and would have remembered every single detail.
|It all started with Europa by Richard Armour|
Armour employs liberal dosages of pun, satire, humour, wit and irony to describe people and events; This makes the otherwise dry and mundane details worth remembering. Back in my school days, studying the causes and impact of World Wars I and II were excruciating as there were so many details involved. I tried quickly reading on World Wars I and II in Armour's book and as you guessed, I was thrilled to bits by the manner in which he describes the two wars.
I was left wondering as to how good a history teacher Armour would make. And I can bet that everyone who read the book would have thought along the same lines.
I am delighted to quote some lines from the book so that you could get a feel of what the book is like.
Other Great Greeks (Pg 17)
Not all the Greeks were sculptors and philosophers. . . . Yet another was Damocles, who walked around with a sword suspended over his head. (The suspense was terrible.)
The Legacy of Greek (Pg 18)
We are indebted to the Greeks for Greek theaters, Greek fraternities, Greek restaurants, and such Memorable Expressions as "It's all Greek to me."
Italian Patriots (Pg 94)
The most colourful character in the struggle for unification was Gary Baldy, an Italian general who suffered from a receding hairline.
I would gladly give many quotes but I stop here as I would like you to read the book sometime when you have access to it.
Finally some excerpts from the last page 'About the Author':
Richard Armour is one man, although he seems to be atleast three. . . . A Californian, Dr. Armour is now Professor of English at Scripps College and the Claremont Graduate School. He has, as he says, two costumes, "cap and gown and cap and bells."
Book picture courtesy: Amazon.com