A Very Brief History of Eternity
As learned as it is lively, Carlos Eire's A Very Brief History of Eternity traces the elusive history of a very big idea. Eire teaches us to understand our ways of thinking about the futureas well as the present and our pastwith new clarity and insight.Anthony Grafton, Princeton... show more
As learned as it is lively, Carlos Eire's A Very Brief History of Eternity traces the elusive history of a very big idea. Eire teaches us to understand our ways of thinking about the futureas well as the present and our pastwith new clarity and insight.Anthony Grafton, Princeton University"A Very Brief History of Eternity is vintage Eire: erudite and witty, profound and written with a light touch. Eire compellingly narrates the ways in which complex beliefs about eternity are intertwined with the way life is lived in time. It is an invitation to reflect on how eternity, even when it is absent from view, can make, as he puts it, 'a hell of a difference.'"Miroslav Volf, Yale University Divinity School"Carlos Eire doesn't disappoint. The breadth of detail, the depth of imagination, the ability to synthesize and to identify the telling exampleand all for such an impossibly expansive topic as eternityare astonishing. We get glimpses throughout of the creativity that graced his memoir of Cuba, and evidence everywhere of his massive learning."Craig Harline, author of Sunday: A History of the First Day from Babylonia to the Super Bowl"Carlos Eire's A Very Brief History of Eternity is precisely what you would expect from a formidable historian who is also an acclaimed memoirist. Strikingly erudite and profound yet accessible, this book will appeal to anyone who takes pleasure in being enlightened and entertained at the same time."Peter Iver Kaufman, University of Richmond
Publish date: October 1st 2009
Publisher: Princeton University Press
Pages no: 268
Edition language: English
Beautiful writing! And a wealth of ideas -- I am delighted to report that Eire's books with footnotes are just as much fun to read as his books without them. Snappy prose on a weighty subject -- highly recommended! I could go on about how the structure of the book mirrors its topic, how amazing it...