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His books are genuine treasures, and "Children of the Days" is a welcome addition to the trove. If you truly want to know the world beyond the public story, if you want to understand things, people and events buried by the injustices of time and the patina of forgetting, then read Eduardo Galeano.
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He brings a strand of lyricism and magic to everything he writes, and I I can't think of a historian who has had a greater impact on my thinking and understanding of the world than Eduardo Galeano. He brings a strand of lyricism and magic to everything he writes, and I never walk away from one of his books without growing in a tangible, and permanent, way. Each day and night , I look forward to learning something poetic, hopeful, darkest hours and sweet victories of human experiences throughout history.
Here are two from the month of March and one from my birthday as examples. She had dreamed her husband had been stabbed and was dying in her arms. Calpurnia told him the dream, and still sobbing pleaded with him to remain at home, for outside only his grave awaited. The supreme ruler, dictator for life, divine warrior, undefeated god, could not pay heed to a woman's dream.
Julius Caesar pushed her aside and walked toward the Roman Senate, to his death.
Children of the Days: A Calendar of Human History
Americans love a winner! They will not tolerate a loser! Americans despise cowards! Americans play to win all of the time! That's why Americans have never lost nor will ever lose a war! He must have been reincarnated. Before entering the US Army, he had been a warrior in Carthage and Athens, a gentleman at the court of England and a field marshal for Napoleon Bonaparte.
General Patton died at the end of , run over by a truck. This is an outstanding book. While there are plenty of inspiring moments, the author discusses human history with all its ugliness and honesty. He has no patience for injustice This is an outstanding book. He has no patience for injustice from anyone. I am so glad to have read this book, most especially because I am woefully ignorant about much of Central and South American history. Now I have lots of names to look into and events to Google! May 26, M. This is a great!!! I want so much to write a good review of this book — not just good, but elegant, evocative… something that would really do it justice.
Especially because all this I want so much to write a good review of this book — not just good, but elegant, evocative… something that would really do it justice.
Especially because all this beauty is in service of a purpose. Galeano uses his writing to challenge the world — by making the familiar strange, to challenge the reader to question dominant narratives, dominant paradigms, dominant histories that erase perspectives, events, and even entire peoples from common knowledge. Much of his work is about injustice, economic inequality, colonialism, and their legacies, but because he writes in such a lyrical way, it not only encourages political engagement but also creates an powerful emotional engagement in the reader.
Children of the Days is styled as a calendar, with one anecdote per day relating a event that occurred on that day, or linking to the birth, death, or significant anniversary of a person. View all 4 comments. We are monsters, we humans, we're also sublime.
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I don't know how else to describe the feelings evoked here by Galeano nor how to recommend this book. As it turns out, the past was also inhabited by women and darker-skinned people of both sexes , and some of those shaped our world too. There are even some of those around today. Who knew? This is a book of We are monsters, we humans, we're also sublime. This is a book of vignettes. Short ones, one per calendar day, mostly short and sweet. Sweet indeed: Galeano's voice, how to describe it?
Children of the Days: A Calendar of Human History
Gentle, kind, deeply ironic but without bitterness. Strongly reminiscent of Balys Sruoga in Forest of the Gods ; reading these two so closely together feels eerily appropriate to today's world. He died by poisoning.
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And he keeps it up, days of perfectly crafted sentences with perfectly impacting words. He writes of monstrous acts and also honorable ones—they are so often intertwined. He points out hypocrisies, noble heroic acts, simple decent ones. I could not read this in one sitting. I constantly went on Wikipedia tangents—safaris—exploring, learning more about the undeservedly obscure characters he so briefly introduces. Or sometimes I just closed the book and pondered.
Or went back and reread. I read the Kindle edition, because I have no way right now of getting the Spanish hardcopy To flip open at random, skim, and wonder. View all 3 comments. Jul 20, Ynna rated it it was amazing Shelves: non-fiction. I read the English translation and thought it was some of the most beautiful prose I've ever read. Eduardo Galeano recalls historical events, stories, legends and poems for each day of the year.
Though most of Galeano's daily passages were simply "this-day-in-history," even his simple facts were written poetically and often ended hauntingly. Several times I audibly whispered "wow" after reading a day. I enjoy Galeano's humanist tone. His left leaning position, commitment and absolute resolution, that elevates the human endeavor on this lonely planet to its highest levels and equally shows the abyss of savagery that man can sink to.
Poetic, yet brutally honest, using actual historical moments reminding us of the many failures and viciousness mankind has committed over the years, as well as the grand accomplishments and epic adventures mankind have achieved. Leopold Senghor s. One of those works that leaves you wondering, "Damn, how did he do this? Interesting read. The scintillating entries are insightful, unique and somehow erratic. Could have enjoyed more had it followed a specific pattern. For years I had a copy of Galeano's poetry sitting on my bedside table.
Then I returned it to its owner. Now this fabulous collection of poetic short historical essays has crossed my desk, and I'm already making plans to renew it incessantly for the next year. Someone needs to make a desk calendar out of it so I can return it to the library. Here's the entry for my birthday: Today in the Year , Pope Benedict, the supreme pontiff of the Roman Catholic Church, took a walk in the gardens of For years I had a copy of Galeano's poetry sitting on my bedside table. Here's the entry for my birthday: Today in the Year , Pope Benedict, the supreme pontiff of the Roman Catholic Church, took a walk in the gardens of the city called, in Polish, Oswiecim.
At a certain point the scenery changed. In German the city of Oswiecim is called Auschwitz. And in Auschwitz, the pope spoke. From the most famous death factory in the world, he asked, "And God, where was He? He asked, "Why did God remain silent?
follow url This is the second book of Galeano I have read in as many months. And no one makes history as enjoyable as Galeano. I felt a lot of emotions that I never thought a book like this could give.
Every types of emotion just poured out of the pages. The only thing I am sad about is the fact that this amazing writer has passed away. I just only wish he could write more and give us more pleasure in reading them. But alas! That is not possible. Galeano, the poetic, angry, liberal philosopher and historian, is back. After Mirrors, his chronicle of the invisible people of the world, comes Children of Days.
Covering each day of the year, its author again weaves history, little-known true stories, legends, myth and the lives of the dispossessed, into a beguiling and passionate chronicle. Smoothly polished gems that memorialize the workers, martyrs, women, peasants, artists whose names are largely erased from history textbooks, plus savage critiques of the bosses, kings, bankers, generals, presidents whose names we know too well.
History, politics, poetry, mythology and so much more all combined into this incredible piece of literature. One to treasure on the bookshelf. He did it again. Feb 16, Janet marked it as books-i-didn-t-finish Shelves: arc , what-i-read-a-little-at-a-time , to-continue-later. I'm reading the forthcoming English version but couldn't find it on Goodreads. I read this from July 23, to July 24, as a slow reading project. In it, Galeano, Sept.