Thursday, April 04, 2019

More than just a quilter

I am 99 and 44/100% a quilter.  There are other interests that consume me, however.  I read voraciously and most of what I read is about WWII.

When my husband and I recently went to New Orleans, LA we visited the WWII museum.  I can't say enough about how amazing that place is!

My trip to the museum sparked anew my desire to read every book and watch every movie about WWII.

I just read Munich by Robert Harris.  I read his novels about Cicero and LOVED them, so when I learned about this book I knew I had to read it immediately.

You may disagree with my idea that I can learn about history from novels, but I believe that I can.  They make the subject interesting enough for me to research it for myself.

Munich is about the Munich agreement reached on September 30, 1938.

Wikipedia explains the Munich agreement this way:

The Munich Agreement is signed by Germany, France, the United Kingdom, and Italy. The agreement allows Germany to annex the Czechoslovak Sudetenland area in exchange for peace in an attempt to appease Hitler.

I knew the broad strokes of this agreement, but the novel encouraged me to dig deeper and made me see Neville Chamberlain in a more sympathetic light.  I've never been a big Chamberlain fan.

Am I the only one obsessed with a specific time in history?


Janet Myers said...

My husband and I are also WWII history lovers. My Father In Law was well decorated from battles in the Pacific. Was also a member of the group searching for the the ones responsible for killing Ernie Pyle. Purple Hearts, Silver Stars etc are among his awards. He refused commissions for advancement to be with this original men. From the original Boot Camp group of 250... only 2 came back alive. My father in law and one other. If interested, I can send you more info.

Debby Brown said...


Unknown said...

Which kind of DNA test did you take????!!! My didn't say, if I was a quilter!!! Bummer!
I have read many of Robert Harris' books and I believe, that even though they are novels, they are extremely well researched and give a great idea of the real situations. I started with Pompeii, because I had lived in Naples for 4 years and this is when I realized how well researched his book was. Everything I read jived with the history I had learned and the multiple visits I had made in the area.
I also LOVE Ben Macintyre and the spy stories. Those are entirely based on archives, but they read like novels, so well they are written. Have you read him?
Annick H.

Deb Mac said...

History major here and I read almost any time period but WW2 and Civil War are favorites. Munich is quite a well done book that I enjoyed when I read it. It was one I had recommended the library I worked in purchase and we had several people read and enjoy it. I have a feeling it could be the start of another short series (possibly longer). There are so many fascinating historical novels out there and most are well researched. The best part is when the author includes their bibliography and you can go back and read some of their original research material. That makes for some wonderful reading. Yes, I have always been one of "those" people, I read every part from title page thru what type of print was used.