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Arbie's Unoriginally Titled Book Blog

It's a blog! Mainly of book reviews.

Currently reading

Red Moon
Kim Stanley Robinson
Progress: 26/446 pages
Thomas Middleton and Early Modern Textual Culture: A Companion to the Collected Works
Thomas Middleton, Gary Taylor
Progress: 28/1183 pages
The Penguin Book of Russian Poetry
Robert Chandler
The Uncertain Land and Other Poems
Patrick O'Brian
Progress: 6/160 pages
The Poems and Plays of John Masefield
John Masefield
Progress: 76/534 pages
Empires of the Word: A Language History of the World
Nicholas Ostler
Progress: 385/615 pages
Selected Poems
U A Fanthorpe
Progress: 16/160 pages
Hainish Novels & Stories, Vol. 2
Ursula K. Le Guin
Progress: 133/789 pages
The Art Book
Editors of Phaidon Press
Progress: 60/515 pages
The Essential Shakespeare
Ted Hughes
Progress: 78/259 pages

Reading progress update: I've read 341 out of 615 pages.

Empires of the Word: A Language History of the World - Nicholas Ostler

The spread of Spanish in the Americans was greatly facilitated by the accidental drastic depopulation of the natives by introduction of new diseases. Well, that will no doubt come up again regarding English in North America and it was suggested as a possibility for the success of Anglo-Saxon in Britain.

 

I'd say the few remaining Stone Age cultures left on Earth are doomed just on these medical grounds unless they remain isolated from the rest of humanity. I've read elsewhere that there are most likely no indigenous peoples left who have no idea of the existance of advanced technology, even if they don't interpret it as such.