Publish date: 2011-03-22
Publisher: Riverhead Hardcover
Pages no: 256
Edition language: English
1.5 starsI have traditionally enjoyed Vowell's novels as they mix two of my favorite things: history and humor. However, I felt the humor was almost entirely missing from Unfamiliar Fishes, which is one of the two major issues I have with the book. The other issue I have involves missionaries. Holy ...
2.5 stars. Great in bursts but overall very disappointing.
After a third of the way through I gave it up. Maybe it was the migraine, but I found it too depressing. I think my reading of this also suffered from coming so close on the heels of reading Packing for Mars. By contrast, Vowell's writing seems terribly disjointed and choppy. I normally enjoy he...
The way Sarah Vowell sees it, the year 1898 may have been one of the most significant turning points in American history. In that one year the United States annexed Hawaii, Puerto Rico and Guam and invaded Cuba and the Philippines, hurtling itself onto the path of becoming a militaristic "meddling" ...
Unfamiliar Fishes is a lovely title, but the book itself feels jumbled. The names and events would be easier to follow if they were presented less as discrete events and the connections between them were more direct. The author jumps back and forth between the historical events and her research of t...