A History of the World in 10½ Chapters
Julian Barnes, 1989
This is a set of short stories that do not constitute a history of
the world in a conventional sense but is rather one a' them postmodern
Evaluation and commentary
I read the first two chapters. The first was a parodic recounting
of the story of Noah's Ark. It was passably amusing, I suppose, but
the ark myth means nothing to me so I wasn't really the target audience
for this. The second concerned the hijacking of a cruise ship by Muslim
terrorists and the Decisive Moment faced by the slightly sleazy former
TV personality who serves a a celebrity tour guide. It is well done,
even if it is drawn straight from How to Write 20th-Century
Decisive-Moment Short Stories Real Good by Elroy T. Funbun.
Then I didn't want to read any more, so I didn't.
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