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Book Review – The Swerve: How the World Became Modern

The Swerve: How the World Became ModernThe Swerve: How the World Became Modern by Stephen Greenblatt
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

A real “mystery book” for many reason. It appeared at my home this past summer and I thought it was an assigned book for one of my son O’Neill’s classes. No.

Did it come via wife Becca’s book club assignments? No.

It was just “there”, and neither O’Neill or Becca have any idea how.

So when I read the plug on the back of the paperback, I was thrilled to learn it was about Lucretius, the ancient Roman poet – a banned and burned book for centuries – who has been on my To-Do list for the last two years. Wonderful scholarship on the long-lost Library of Alexandria. More than that, it was about the discovery/recovery process of the papyrus scrolls on which Lucretius’ poem was written and squirreled away in the monastaries of Europe for hundreds of years during the Dark Ages – a perfect complement to Umberto Eco’s “The Name of the Rose”.

This is a very satisfying read for those of the free-thinking mind, and troubling for others. The connection to modern Atomic Theory is a stunning bonus and revelation.

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