Archive for the ‘Books’ Category

“…fiction is the vehicle of truth.”

May 31, 2017

Bellos, David. The Novel of the Century: The Extraordinary Adventure of Les Misérables (Kindle Locations 856-857). Farrar, Straus and Giroux. Kindle Edition.

The quote in context:

Hugo drew on authentic historical documentation and on the accounts of contemporaries for his reconstruction of the events of 5– 6 June 1832, but he also made many changes to the facts. Not out of sloppiness or disrespect, but because fiction is the vehicle of truth. Derealizing the actually rather sad and sordid events of that night allowed him to bring out the higher and more important meanings of ‘revolution’ for the past and future history of France.

“Best-selling French psychology books include such titles as `Too Intelligent to be Happy’.”

May 27, 2017

http://www.economist.com/news/europe/21722676-under-president-macron-france-flirting-optimism-land-morosit-and-ennui

“Under [Napoleon] a total of 2,432,335 men were called up for conscription . . . between March 1804 and November 1813.”

May 16, 2017

Roberts, Andrew. Napoleon: A Life (p. 690). Penguin Publishing Group. Kindle Edition.

“Up to 140,000 of Napoleon’s soldiers died of disease in 1812, the majority of them from typhus but a significant number from dysentery and related illnesses.”

May 15, 2017

Roberts, Andrew. Napoleon: A Life (p. 590). Penguin Publishing Group. Kindle Edition.

1812 was the year of Napoleon’s disastrous invasion of Russia.

‘Rule one on page one of the book of war, is: “Do not march on Moscow.” ’ Field Marshal Viscount Montgomery, House of Lords, May 1962

May 11, 2017

Roberts, Andrew. Napoleon: A Life (p. 580). Penguin Publishing Group. Kindle Edition.