I quite like Jared Diamond; I’m fascinated by evolution and evolutionary history; and when I started this book in a friend’s house in Delhi, I almost wept when I had to put it down.
Cut to last week, when I finally resumed the book. The first part, where he talks of food production and its connection to development, is fascinating, especially when he first introduces it. He does a great job, taking small steps and leading the reader every step of the way. I loved how he explained the development of writing, the development of disease and it’s connection with animal domestication. I was tickled by the chapter names.
But then he goes and explains everything again. In the same chapter. And then once more for good luck. And ends with a summary at the end of the chapter. I felt like I was meant to be a retarded 15 year old. Which is not a nice feeling when I’m reading an interesting non-fiction book.
Ashamedly I must admit I didn’t finish it. Yesterday, in the afternoon, something snapped. I AM NOT A RETARDED FIFTEEN YEAR OLD I screamed as I slammed it down on the table. I get your point Mr. Diamond, I do. All seventy-five times you made it. Also, the Andamans are part of India.