A History of the World in 10 ½ Chapters is a book by Julian Barnes. The book was written in 1989 and published by Jonathan Cape in the UK. It was published by Alfred A Knopf in the USA and by Knopf Canada in Canada. In every chapter of the book, there is a different story but at some point, the stories connect with each other and form the whole tale. Download A History of the World in 10 1/2 Chapters Pdf free!
A History of the World in 10 ½ Chapters:
Each chapter tells a different story. In the first chapter, the story of Noah and his ark is told from the viewpoint of woodworms. They were not allowed on the ark and they tell their account of the incident. The second chapter tells the story where a cruiser liner gets hijacked. The third chapter then incorporates with the first one since the woodworms are not being tried for their offence. Similarly, all other chapters also have a story with the seventh chapter having 3 stories. One of them is about a person who survived the sinking of Titanic. The other story is about Jonah and his encounter with the whale while the last story is about the Jewish people who were refuges and were not allowed to land in many countries including the US in 1939 while they were on the St Louis. All the chapters tell different stories but somewhere along the line, each story and character is connected to each other.
A History of the World in 10 1/2 Chapters Review:
This book is quite differently written which makes it quite interesting. The Guardian issued a publication with the review of the book as, “To dismiss the book as being too clever (or merely clever, for that matter) would be ungenerous as well as facile. Barnes is clearly serious about his themes, and there’s more than a nod towards emotional commitment. One of his central concerns is the nature of history, and naturally enough – as a good, free-thinking, common-sense, late-20th-century liberal”.