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Animated by a contagious enthusiasm that will propel eager, like-minded readers into a truly Lost World. Employing the research of many scholars, the self-confidence of a rock star, the zeal of a True Believer and a travel budget sufficient to make Marco Polo and Henry Stanley glow an envious green, Menzies, who served in the Royal Navy, begins his tale on Crete, where he and his wife went for a brief vacation. When he saw the ruins of the palace of Phaestos, his curiosity about the Minoans was piqued, and off he went, chasing down Minoan artifacts, viewing ruins, interviewing scholars and visiting sites of significance, from Crete to England did you know that Stonehenge was Minoan?
Menzies claims that 2, years before Christ, the Minoans ruled a vast Bronze Age empire with myriad outposts. They were master shipbuilders, sailors, mathematicians, astronomers and navigators, and they gathered tin from England and copper from mines around Lake Superior, from which they crafted the bronze tools found later in many relevant sites. The author's youthfulness helps to assure the inevitable comparison with the Anne Frank diary although over and above the He was the only one of the family to survive what Francois Maurois, in his introduction, calls the "human holocaust" of the persecution of the Jews, which began with the restrictions, the singularization of the yellow star, the enclosure within the ghetto, and went on to the mass deportations to the ovens of Auschwitz and Buchenwald.
There are unforgettable and horrifying scenes here in this spare and sombre memoir of this experience of the hanging of a child, of his first farewell with his father who leaves him an inheritance of a knife and a spoon, and of his last goodbye at Buchenwald his father's corpse is already cold let alone the long months of survival under unconscionable conditions.
Bibliophiles will love this fact-filled, bookish journey. It was surreal. Brian Karas. Already have an account? Log in. Trouble signing in? Retrieve credentials.
Sign Up. Pub Date: Nov. Review Posted Online: Oct. No Comments Yet. Elie Wiesel spent his early years in a small Transylvanian town as one of four children. The author's youthfulness helps to assure the inevitable comparison with the Anne Frank diary although over and above the sphere of suffering shared, and in this case extended to the death march itself, there is no spiritual or emotional legacy here to offset any reader reluctance.
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Given the fevered nature of most works on Atlantis, it is slightly alarming to read this sentence: "In , as captain of the submarine HMS Rorqual, returning from America to Scotland, I requested permission to vary my orders… ". Fortunately, there is nothing in Menzies's speculations to make the reader fear for the mental state of our submariners. His intriguing hypothesis that Minoan traders not only settled in Britain but also acquired copper from Lake Superior North America is the real Atlantis at least benefits from an in-depth knowledge of the Gulf Stream. You can find our Community Guidelines in full here.
A well-researched, scientific and above all--interesting--hypothesis of legend of Atlantis. The history of the world is truly more complex and interesting than we realize! The author of and argues that the destruction of Atlantis was not fiction but a tale of an actual volcano and consequent tsunami that devastated the heart of the vast Minoan He served in the Royal Navy between and
The Lost Empire of Atlantis: History's Greatest Mystery Revealed