Eight Books

I got a goodly amount read yesterday and today, and I don’t want to wait another day before giving my reactions to the books.

178. Light Shining Through the Mist: A Photobiography of Dian Fossey by Tom L. Matthews

I’ve read Gorillas in the Mist, Dian Fossey‘s autobiography, a few times, years ago, so not much of the actual information in this book was new to me, but the pictures were, and they are informative and well presented in the context of the text. In some ways this feels the more informative as to the structure of Fossey’s life, simply because her own book focuses so much more on the gorillas and the research into them, where this one is about her.

179. The Magic of M. C. Escher introduced by J. L. Locher

This large format tome reproduces a large number and variety of Escher‘s prints, sketches and other works, and introduces them and their artist. There are quotes, mostly by Escher, put in wherever they’re relevant, and I really enjoyed learning about him as an artist. Looking for the trick in his straight landscapes is fun.

180. Living Jewels by Poul Beckmann
181. Living Jewels 2 by Poul Beckmann

This pair of beautiful books won’t sound spectacular, but it really really is. They are about the beauty of beetles, and when you see the blown up (full large format page size) photographs you will have to agree beetles can be beautiful, as well as bizarre, and simply fascinating. The introductions, explaining the life of beetles and the history of their collection, are well written and very interesting.

182. Queen Victoria by John Guy

This is from the same series as the Francis Drake book I read and discussed about a week ago, but I think it’s much better. The chapters certainly flow far better. She’s a very interesting woman who led a country in major flux.

I’m losing coherence. More tomorrow, I hope!

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