What is non Fiction Books meanWhich are non-fiction books?
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Well, I was really struck by the books you chose. That'?s what you had in mind when you made your choice? Traditionally, what the Samuel Johnson Prize was and is now the Baillie Gifford Prize for non-fiction is that these books should not only be important books, but also stand on their own and be well-made, well readable books.
They had some great books on the long list - there were some we wanted to give to our Christmas gifts to our Christmas buddies, and indeed there are some I had already given to my boyfriends - but they didn't make it onto the short list because we felt there had to be something special that made them important books that would help them stand above a small topic or a certain tale they were tell.
It was quite interesting to me that three of the books you selected are memoir, and a forth is the interweaving of other people's ego-story. You think that a non-fiction that is narrated in the first character talks more to man? All the best stories have to be truth.
" One always has the impression that the books should not only contain facts but also histories. It was a coincidence, I think, that some of the most powerful books this year are in the first book, but it is no coincidence that this is often the place from which the best non-fiction comes. When you look back from your own experiences on non-fiction books that have succeeded in keeping a story and being really captivating and captivating like a novel, it is because the author has found a direct link or pulls out individual histories.
It really does manage to popularise rather thick themes because it is able to find people who represent history. They are different, but they have the same quality: they tell a tale about the real life - which one could loose call topical for at least three of them - but they have found their own tales to go through so that it becomes something you really read.
Someone who doesn't normally reading non-fiction - which I am not, I hurry to say - what do you think is the simplest to do? The Return is probably the simplest to open. It is one of those books that you can simply reread in one session. Instead of interweaving many different items, Hisham Matar tells a tale.
It is about a British author whose fathers have vanished in Libya. In the beginning of the volume is the return to Libya, after he went into emigration as a small family. He interweaves his own trip to Libya, after the collapse of Gaddafi, with his father's history and his attempts to find the true facts about what occurred to him.
In the beginning of the volume he is not 100% sure if his dad is deceased - although he is suspected to be in one of Gaddafi's sojoerns. It' s an exciting tale and although many books have been published about the Arab Spring and various Middle Eastern regime, I did not have the feeling that I had seen such a private tale about Gaddafi's Libya.
So, his dad was in direct opposition to Gaddafi, ended up in jail and was never seen again? He' s trying to put the whole thing together by speaking to those who have been in that particular jail. This was a great work to have a Romanesque way of approaching the topic. Another characteristic is his relation to his dad.
There is a really nice way of revealing the loving relationship between a child and a dad without dripping. So what did it tell you about Libya that you didn't fully appreciate before? It is my feeling that Iran is very much in the history and fantasy of the people, and we also have a tendency to focus very much on the Israeli-Palestinian war.
It is not a land of which we have learnt or listened so much. This gets through a little in the script because Hisham is trying to find out what went on with his dad, while Blair had a slight approach to Gaddafi. It is a much rarer tale and the way he narrates it is nice.
There were two short books on the shortlist. That'?s the one about blackness and the Americans' elite. There' are some clashing topics in the other books, but this is entirely different. There is a tendency to talk about the struggles for citizenship or the history of the southern lowly but not so much about the mid-range African-American population.
It begins by going back a little into the annals of the middle-class family. However, her mum and dad eagerly said that there is nothing you cannot accomplish and that you should believe that you can go to the White House. This is Jefferson writing it in a very private way. She not only paints a profile of her surroundings and her education, she also talks about how she has evolved as a human being, that in the end she has no kids and has selected a certain one.
Which are the best parts of the volume? If she describes her infancy and people's expectation of her. It is a tale about assembly, but also about the boundaries of assembly. Let us speak about the bestselling Swetlana Alexyevich, Second Hand Time: The Last of the Soviets. It is one of those books to which we as magistrates were at first uncertain how we should react.
She is very interested in the way she writes and the tales she talks about. Her Chernobyl books gathered the votes and tales of Chernobyl catastrophe victims. She talks to individuals throughout Russia who all have the capacity to be a native of the USSR or to live most of their years.
They have to do with how quickly the USSR broke down and Russia's population. Strength comes from the story itself, the person she has found and addressed. There are some in the Caucasus and in different parts of the countryside, prisoners in different republics, who then face horrific discriminations and have had horrific experience.
To a certain extent, this volume is backward-looking because it reminds us how quickly Russia has evolved and how many times it has outpaced. It' s about how obscure the life of some of these youngsters who grew up in a totally different world. There is no historical story line in this work.
It' not one you can easily reread. I' ve seen an excerpt from the Times Literary Supplement. So what does she mean by second hand time? You mean we're going through the same thing again? It is my understanding that these individuals are led a used state of being, contenting themselves with second-hand things from the old system instead of actually having a new one.
The one thing that comes up several occasions is the notion that books are now the only things that can be afforded by anyone because no one appreciates them anymore. Now books are actually two per pence, and those who have no cash can still buy books. It is one of those books in which, if you emphasize it, you end up emphasizing burdens and many quotations.
Well, I revisited the poem the other night. That' s another why you probably don't want to just take a seat and want to see the whole thing in one session. Do you not think that in the light of the fact that Russia is such an important global actor, it is an important textbook to study in order to get a feeling for what it is like to be Russians?
If you had been reading this volume, you would have understood its assistance much better. In a way, the humans in the script are the quiet number. It' a really touching work. They have elderly men who talk about the moment of great agitation in their adolescence, as when Yuri Gagarin goes into orbit.
"PeopIe walked out into the street laughin', hugging and weeping. It' a story from the inside, so it's both literary and non-fiction. Let?ª Letª??u next one, East West Street: It is a terrific and very impressing work. He follows the story of the concept of war crime and indecent acts of mass murder through two attorneys who were most closely associated with the Nuremberg Trial.
Yes, and he begins the work by saying that it is known under four different titles, according to whether it was part of Poland, Germany, Russia or Ukraine. It' part of the history of what's happening to this city. Especially during the Great Depression. It also tells a tale about the Holocaust and how his grand -parents succeeded in leaving Vienna and returning to London later.
He has many open ended issues and loosely answered stories that he is never spoken about by his mom and grandpa. He' follows all these slack ends, even the search for the mystery lady who rescued his mother' s death by taking her all over Europe as a child, for strange reasons.
His Nazi attorney, who was responsible for this piece of Poland, his history and his lawsuit in Nuremberg is the central theme that guides the work. It is he who sent a large number of persons to Nazi camp and was involved in the administration of the Holocaust machine.
They would not be reading this volume to get a narrative of the Nuremberg trial, or even, necessarily, to get a narrative of the concept of holocaust or crime against man. All these things come together around the narrative he follows. It' like a mystery novel. More and more of these tales from his private lives were followed, and then it turned out that they were connected in an interesting way with the overall view and the law he already knew as a solicitor.
It is a fairly thick and probably the least readable of these books, but our benchmark for the price is that it should be an important one and should overarch. Anyway, this one will. While this is not up for the Baillie Gifford Award, but you voted it as the best non-fiction in your own box, national economy.
It has been simplified too much, as he says, that we are coming to the end of our expansion. If you' re reading this volume, what he says is more subtle than that. What is really interesting, though, is why this is really a great reading, is the way it goes through business histories, pointing out all the enhancements - like the flush lavatory and a washer - in the life of the folks who have transformed the home without really being considered in the business world.
There are many beautiful stories to tell - certainly about America's business, but also about the advanced world' s markets of the last 150 years. It' a good one. I' m always thinking that the most legible and probably most useful business is business histories, and this case is very good.
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