I did something different this week and decided to bust up my weekly wrap-up with fiction and non-fiction. This will make these posts and videos shorter and easier to consume! As always there will be a video for this if you’d prefer to listen, linked on the sidebar!
The first non-fiction I read was The Perfect Horse: The Daring U.S. Mission to Rescue the Priceless Stallions Kidnapped by the Nazis by Elizabeth Letts. This was an absolutely fascinating look at a mission during WWII that was setup to save a herd of priceless horses. The book, I thought, was structured cleverly. The first chunk of the story is the German, Polish, and Austrian characters as Hitler and the Reich begin to take over. Besides wanting the perfect human Hitler also sought to create the perfect horse and to this end he had priceless stallions and mares gathered to breeding stables and camps. The second chunk follows the Americans who take the mission. Why and how these men loved horses and did what they did. The final chunk is the mission itself. I’ll be the first to point out that Elizabeth Letts obviously took some creative liberties but I really think it created and set the scene beautifully. For an animal lover and a non-fiction fan this was a lot of fun. I really recommend this one if WWII or horses interest you at all.
The second non-fiction I got to was The Songs of Tress : Stories of Nature’s Great Connectors by David George Haskill. This is one I’ve seen popping up all over the place. In this David George Haskill goes to different patchs of forest over time in places all over the globe. He hops from The Amazon, to Georgia and Tennessee, to Japan and so on. He observes these patches, and more specifically the sounds of these places and then elaborates on them telling history or stories that all loop into bigger topics. For this what I walked away with was ‘Wow, the writing was lovely’. I unfortunately didn’t get much else from this one. However I think that’s just due to familiarity. If you haven’t read a lot of nature writing it might be a better fit as he hits a lot of big topics in nature writing in a broad sense. There is also a lot of… let’s call in introspection that he goes into that can border on spiritualism and to put it like my Dad, hippie stuff. I think perhaps that might have been done a bit much or heavy handed but it didn’t manage to take away from the book overall.
That’s my non-fiction reads guys, try these out and let me know or if you have already also let me know! Thanks for reading!