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on July 28, 2014
I admit I didn't finish it and that the reason I didn't is that the man didn't talk about Cleopatra.
The essays were well-written, and for the most part, insightful. I very much enjoyed the idea that those who are negative discoverers, such as James Cook, are as important as the discoverers, and that things can't be uninvented. But I was pretty well into the book when I remembered I wanted an essay on Cleopatra's nose and couldn't find it, so I looked in the index.
No reference to Cleo's nose. No reference to her at all.
I know that the title is an allusion to Petrarch, but that's not enough. I wanted to read the thing the title is about, and I don't think it's too much to ask that the title be what the book is about, at least part of it.
I felt cheated. So I took it back to the library. I'll pick it up again, maybe, when my mood passes.