August 21, 2010 Leave a comment
I’m reading and listening to and very much enjoying The Outline of History (1919) by H.G. Wells.
Wells writes of Herodotus,
who has a great interest for us because he was among the first writers of critical and intelligent history …
But we will not complete the biography of this most interesting man, nor will we enter into any criticism of his garrulous, marvel-telling, and most entertaining history. It is a book to which all intelligent readers come sooner or later, abounding as it does in illuminating errors…
I can’t describe the Outline as garrulous or marvel-telling, but it is entertaining — and well written. The phrase that stands out for me is this: "abounding as it does in illuminating errors."
That describes very well my own assessment of the Outline itself. It’s Wells’s illuminating errors I’d like to spend some time with. If I blog about them here, I will be very grateful for the existence of this website:
Because "Vince V." has given the web this gift of a well-organized booksite, I no longer have to.
Update, 8/22: I’m afraid the mindvessel website only has the Outline through chapter 20 of volume 1. I hope the project is still in progress.