There were plenty of books again this year, now we need the time to read them. After a brisk but very cold walk along the coast, we had the cod and chips in the seaview cafe. Delicious.
Now we’ve tidied up the house, organised the desks and it’s back to work tomorrow.
Reading? A christmas present:
The Iron Curtain by Anne Applebaum. (Full title: Iron Curtain – The Crushing of Eastern Europe 1944-1956)Fascinating background to what happened in Eastern Europe prior to , during and immediately after the second world war. I knew about it all, vaguely, I guess, however, you tend to forget that ‘until 1939 it was possible for all kinds 0f vaguely leftist, committed anti-fascists to support the Soviet Union without thinking too hard about it.’ (p.58).
With son and family living in what used to be east Germany it is a fascinating read and very well written.
Below is a review in the New York Times and one by a fellow blogger.
- ‘Iron Curtain,’ by Anne Applebaum (nytimes.com)
- Anne Applebaum’s IRON CURTAIN (kjmmyblog.wordpress.com)