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finished reading Sapiens by Yuval Noah Harari

Yuval Noah Harari: Sapiens (2011, Harper) 4 stars

Sapiens: A Brief History of Humankind is a book by Yuval Noah Harari, first published …

This book is a bit elementary, and the ideas won’t be revolutionary to anyone with a passing interest in sociology or anthropology, but I still enjoyed the bird’s eye view of how various large themes shaped the development of human society.

Leila Slimani: In the Country of Others (Paperback, 2021, Random House Large Print) 4 stars

I hated this book. I only finished it for my book club. 2 stars instead of 1 because I thought the constantly shifting perspective among the characters was an interesting way to demonstrate that each of us, ultimately, lives our whole lives in the country of others. But the plot was alternately boring and infuriating, and no plotlines are never resolved. It’s an interesting meditation on colonialism, I guess, but I would not recommend it.